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I serve on the East Porter County School Board in Indiana.

We will be voting Tuesday...
I serve on the East Porter County School Board in Indiana. We will be voting Tuesday Night on whether or not to reduce hours of various classes of employees (Instructional Aides, Bus Drivers, Secretaries, Kitchen Personnel, Custodial Personnel) to avoid offering insurance to Comply with the Affordable Health Care Act. My wife is an Instructional Aide. The School Board President and Superintendent have ask me to fill out a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement and recuse myself from voting. I would be voting on an entire class that does not uniquely affect my spouse. Can I vote on the issue and do I have to fill out a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
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Hello and thanks for submitting this question. Here is the Indiana Code Section on Conflicts of Interest. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/2010/title4/ar2/ch6.html Section 9 would appear to bar you from participating in the vote. The appearance of impropriety is what the statute seeks to avoid where the public interest is concerned.

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