Portland, Maine City Council Adopts Ethics Code - State and Federal Communications

June 13, 2022  •  

Portland, Maine City Council Adopts Ethics Code

City Hall in Portland, ME - by: Billy Hathorn

Portland, Maine City Council adopted an ethics code that will apply to the council members.

The ethics code adopts and incorporates by reference several provisions of state law, including the sections on improper influence and improper gifts to public servants in 17-A M.R.S.A. §§603, 605.

The code requires city officials to avoid financial conflict of interest and to refuse benefits or gifts of any kind from individuals seeking to influence the council’s decisions.

The code also prohibits council members from accepting free items from persons, firms, or corporations who have a contract with the city.

Councilors will also be prohibited from soliciting political contributions from any prospective city contractors or any individuals or entities who did business with the city in the prior 12 months.

The ethics code will take effect on June 16.

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