July 19, 2011 •
Laurel, Maryland Introduces New Ethics Bill
New ethics regulations have been introduced by the Laurel, Maryland City Council, including provisions related to lobbyists.
Observing Maryland’s state ethics regulations for municipalities, the introduced ordinance requires lobbyists to file reports twice a year for each entity they represent. Lobbyists failing to file timely reports could be assessed a late fee of $10 per day up to a maximum of $250. Further enforcement of violations by lobbyists could include additional fines up to $5,000 per offense and suspension of lobbyist registration.
The bill also includes financial reporting requirements for public officials, hiring practices regulations, and rules regarding conflicts of interest.
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