Legislators file financial disclosures
May 8, 2013
Only one legislator from Butler County had much to list on financial disclosure reports filed with the State Ethics Commission. May 1 was the deadline for legislators to file the disclosure reports. The most expensive item listed came from state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-12th, who said the $2,224 he reported from attending two American Legislative Exchange Council meetings was not for a vacation. “It’s related to my work as a legislator,” Metcalfe said. “It gives me an opportunity to talk to other lawmakers, other individuals about issues that affect government or affect business, or advance government policies.” Legislators are required to disclose annually any gifts, travel or financial gains acquired during the past year in office. Public officials must disclose the dollar value of gifts worth at least $250 and transportation, lodging or hospitality worth at least $650. Despite the fact that only one-fourth of the 253-member legislative body had submitted their reports as of May 1, lawmakers statewide reported receiving more than $43,000 in gifts and other items. Most on the list for county lawmakers are routine or mundane items. State Sen. Randy Vulakovich reported that Comcast donated $250 to buy cookies for his senior expo while Burger King donated $200 worth of food for the event.