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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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County Executive Steve Schuh proposed a bill to County Council to amend the county ethics provisions. Bill No. 80-18 increases late filing fee for lobbyists and employees, adds a revolving door provision, modifies certain definitions, requires employee ethics training, and […]

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August 24, 2018  •  

Baltimore Ethics Bill Amended

In April, City Councilman Zeke Cohen introduced an ordinance amending the Baltimore City Ethics Code. Ordinance No. 18-0230 originally required lobbyists to file reports quarterly instead of annually. At a work session for the bill, the reporting period was amended […]

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City Councilman Zeke Cohen introduced an ordinance amending the Baltimore City Ethics Code. Ordinance No. 18-0230 requires lobbyists to file reports quarterly instead of annually. Additionally, the ordinance obligates lobbyists to affirmatively identify themselves as a lobbyist and the person […]

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The Maryland General Assembly adjourned sine die at midnight on April 9, 2018. Lawmakers passed legislation involving sexual harassment. House Bill 1342, bans lobbyists from sexually harassing a member, employee, intern, or page of the General Assembly, an employee of […]

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Sen. Nathaniel Oaks resigned from the Maryland Senate before pleading guilty to corruption charges on March 29, 2018. Gov. Larry Hogan will appoint a person to fill the vacancy from a name submitted by the Democrats. Hogan’s spokesman stated the […]

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The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously voted on Monday to strengthen the General Assembly’s sexual harassment policies to cover lobbyists. The bill authorizes a person to file a complaint with the State Ethics Commission against a regulated lobbyist who has […]

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The Board of Commissioners adopted a county ethics ordinance requiring additional disclosures from county candidates, elected officials, and certain county employees. The ordinance requires candidates, elected officials, and certain county employees to disclose interests in real property and in corporations. […]

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