The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint Anne Block filed on August 22, 2019. The complaint alleged that Michael Scott (Respondent), a Superior Court Judge for King County, and a former City Council Member for the City of Bainbridge Island, may have violated RCW 42.17A.710 for failure to disclose a directorship with Full Life Care, and income from the American Civil Liberties Union, on Personal Financial Affairs Statements (F-1 reports).
PDC staff reviewed the allegations; the applicable statutes, rules, and reporting requirements; the response provided by the Respondent; the applicable PDC reports filed by the Respondent; and the Order granting modification to the Respondent’s F-1 filing requirements, to determine whether the record supports a finding of one or more violations.
Based on our findings, staff has determined that in this instance, failure to accurately and completely disclose payments to entities reportable on an F-1 report, does not amount to a violation that warrants further investigation.
PDC staff is reminding Michael Scott about the importance of the complete and accurate disclosure of payments from government and business customers to an entity in which an office, directorship, general partnership, or an ownership interest of ten percent or more is held. PDC staff expects timely requests for modification of reporting requirements, and full disclosure in accordance with PDC statutes and rules in the future.
Based on this information, the PDC finds that no further action is warranted and has dismissed this matter in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1).Disposition: Case Closed with Reminder (Resolved 11/01/2019)