The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board was scheduled to deliberate today on an advisory opinion requested by State Senator David Tomassoni's (DFL-Chisholm) about whether his new position as Executive Director of the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) created a conflict for Tomassoni.

But since one member of the five-member board was absent, Ed Oliver, the board was unable to vote on the advisory opinion after an additional board member, Christian Sande, recused himself from voting because his brother works for Tomassoni at the Minnesota Senate. 

According to Minnesota Statutes 10A.02.3, "[t]he concurring vote of four members of the board is required to decide any matter before the board."

Scott Sande, Christian's brother, is the committee admistrator for Minnesota Senate's Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Budget Division Committee, which is chaired by Tomassoni.

The draft advisory opinion, which was prepared by staff and not the appointed board of the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, states Tomassoni's new position does not present a conflict of interest with his service in the Minnesota Senate.

The board is now scheduled to meet on Friday to deliberate on the advisory opinon requested by Tomassoni. 

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