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22VAC40-675-210 Political activity

A. No local department employee shall make use of his official authority or influence to:

1. Interfere Use the employee's official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the result of a nomination or election to public office or position;

2. Directly or indirectly coerce, command, or advise a state or local officer or employee to pay, lend, or contribute anything of value to a party, committee, organization, agency, or person for political purposes; or

3. Be a candidate for a partisan public elective office in a primary, general, or special election if the salary of the employee is paid completely, directly or indirectly, by loans or grants made by the United States or a federal agency.

B. The local department's provisions on political activity shall be consistent with the federal Hatch Act (5 USC §§ 1501-1508) and facilitate effective control of prohibited political activity by employees.

C. In general, the Hatch Act covers officers or employees of a state or local department if their principle principal employment is in connection with an activity that is financed in whole or in part by loans or grants made by a federal agency. An employee subject to political activity laws continues to be covered by these laws and regulations while on annual leave, sick leave, leave without pay, administrative leave, or furlough.

D. The board shall promulgate policy consistent with these provisions. Local departments may request to deviate to local jurisdiction political activity policy that is consistent with the federal Hatch Act and applicable state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. When the local department wants to exercise this option, it must obtain required approvals and submit the required forms to the department in accordance with the administrative manual. The commissioner will provide his analysis to the board, and the deviation request shall be presented to the board for action.