This matter was heard by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission
(Commission) on December 6, 2018, at the Public Disclosure Commission Office, 711 Capitol Way, Room 206, Olympia, Washington 98504. The hearing was held pursuant to Chapter 34.05 RCW, Chapter 42.17A RCW, and Chapter 390-37 WAC.
Commissioners present were Anne Levinson, Commission Chair (presiding); David Ammons, Commission Vice-Chair; and Commissioner William Downing. Also present were Assistant Attorney General John S. Meader representing the Commission; Fox Blackhorn-Delph, PDC Compliance Coordinator; Tabatha Blacksmith, PDC Compliance Coordinator; and Assistant Attorney General Chad Standifer on behalf of PDC Staff. Respondent Ashley Stubbs
participated telephonically. The proceeding was open to the public and recorded.
1. The Commission has jurisdiction over this proceeding pursuant to Chapter 42.17A RCW, the State campaign finance and disclosure law; Chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act; and Title 390 WAC.
2. RCW 42.17 A.700 states in part: "After January 1st and before April 15th of each year, every elected official and every executive state officer shall file with the commission a statement of financial affairs for the preceding calendar year." Executive state officers include Professional Staff Members of the Legislature pursuant to RCW 42.17A.705(3).
3. Respondent Ashley Stubbs violated RCW 42.17A.700 by failing to file the F-1 report for calendar year 2017, no later than April 16, 2018.
1. The Initial Order is AMENDED and the $250 total civil penalty is vacated due to the following mitigating circumstances: acknowledged responsibility for a good faith uncertainty about reporting requirements, family medical issues contributing to the non-compliance, and filing of the F-1 report before the reconsideration hearing.
2. Respondent Ashley Stubbs will file all required PDC reports in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755 and have no further violations of Chapter 42.17A RCW or Title 390 WAC within four years of this order.