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Is Senator Russell double-dipping ???  

 

Lucy
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May 3, 2012 1:13 pm  

A motion was filed in court on Tuesday so that Russell could collect on monies owed from his representation of a client in the ICC proceedings. See the hours / dates summary on the last 2 pages. $250 per hour .... not bad.

http://cruciansinfocus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/innovative_billing.pdf

As you will see, some of this work was done at the same time in 2011 and 2012 that he was also a Senator. I thought that the being a Senator was a full time commitment and there should be no conflict on interest .... even perceived. Now I know what that "Constituent Meetings and Office Work" might be used for when listed on the Legislatures Schedule.

This week Monday, Tuesday and Friday are reserved for CMOW.

http://www.legvi.org/calendar/LegislativeCalendar.pdf

I wonder if Senator Russell is running again in November?


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May 3, 2012 1:37 pm  

I thought that the being a Senator was a full time commitment and there should be no conflict on interest .... even perceived.

To the best of my knowledge there is not and never has been a requirement that a senator cannot own or operate a business while serving as I believe they''re considered part-time representatives?


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Linda J
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May 3, 2012 2:18 pm  

They,like most state reps, are considered part-time. Many, if not most, have other employment.


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janeinstx
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May 3, 2012 2:47 pm  

Then they should not be paid a full time salary


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Lucy
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May 3, 2012 2:53 pm  

So if they are Part Time, then I agree that they can have other employment. I skimmed through the VI Code and I can not locate anywhere where they are defined as full or part time. I also can not find where there is requirement for a specific number of days or hours that they should commit to as Part Time. Maybe this should be better defined in the code so that we will all know what we should expect of them. Otherwise, they can do as they please.


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lily1025
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May 3, 2012 3:39 pm  

maybe he can use the money to pay his back taxes!


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mrl38
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May 3, 2012 4:32 pm  

Im sure hes worth all of $250/hour. I wouldn't pay $2.50/hr for his services.


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IslandHops
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May 4, 2012 12:48 pm  

With 524 people employed by the legislature - I wonder if some of his 'allotment' also ended up working on his side gig. This just stinks of conflict of interest. Bah humbug. Bad form I say old chap. 😎


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