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The State Ethics Commission will launch a new lobbying filing system, replacing the current system that has been in use for over 10 years. The current system uses outdated software and there is a limited number of programmers who can […]

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

Gov. Larry Hogan allowed two election law bills to become law without his signature. House Bill 878 alters fees due for failure to file campaign finance reports or affidavits. The bill raises the fees from $10 each day a report […]

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Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill authorizing Anne Arundel County to change local ethics rules covering county elections to limit developer money and reduce influence on campaigns. The bill also prohibits a member of the Anne Arundel County Council from […]

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Annapolis City Hall via Preserve Maryland

On May 5, Mayor Gavin Buckley issued a proclamation declaring the Ward 6 council seat vacant after the resignation of former Alderwoman Shaneka Henson. Henson was selected to complete the term of the late Michael Busch in the Maryland House […]

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Del. Adrienne Jones (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland House of Delegates elected Del. Adrienne Jones as the new House speaker on May 1. Last month, Gov. Larry Hogan called the special session to elect a successor to the late Michael E. Busch, who passed away on […]

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

Gov. Larry Hogan signed House Bill 679 on April 30. The bill prohibits a state official from unlawfully harassing or discriminating against a regulated lobbyist based on any characteristic protected by law. Additionally, House Bill 679 prohibits a regulated lobbyist […]

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Gov. Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 79 on April 18. The bill requires lobbyists to file registrations and certain reports electronically with the State Ethics Commission. The State Ethics Commission is also required to develop procedures regarding these electronic filings […]

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The Maryland General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 8. Legislators were in mourning due to the death of House Speaker Michael Busch the day prior. A Democrat from Anne Arundel County, Busch served as speaker for 16 years, longer […]

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U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm, has enjoined Maryland from enforcing M.C.E.L. §§ 13-405 and 13-405.1. The statutes in question, require online platforms, like search engines and social media sites, to publicly disclose the contact information and amount paid by […]

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On October 15, 2018, the Baltimore City Council passed an ethics bill introduced by City Councilman Zeke Cohen. Ordinance No. 18-0230, also known as the Transparency in Lobbying Act, became law without the mayor’s signature on December 3, 2018. The […]

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Larry Hogan, a moderate Republican who has emphasized bipartisanship, was re-elected as Maryland’s governor. He is the first Republican to win re-election in Maryland since 1954, although Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state 2-1. Hogan has the same priorities for […]

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On October 15, 2018, the Anne Arundel County Council passed a public ethics bill originally proposed by County Executive Steve Schuh. Bill No. 80-18 increases late filing fees for lobbyists and employees, adds a revolving door provision, modifies certain definitions, […]

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On October 15, 2018, the Baltimore City Council passed an ethics bill introduced by City Councilman Zeke Cohen. Ordinance No. 18-0230, also known as the Transparency in Lobbying Act, requires lobbyists to file reports twice a year and affirmatively identify […]

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On October 15,2018, the Anne Arundel County Council passed a public ethics bill originally proposed by County Executive Steve Schuh. Bill No. 80-18 increases late filing fees for lobbyists and employees, adds a revolving door provision, modifies certain definitions, requires […]

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