April 20, 2021 •
Wichita, Kansas City Council Proposes New Gift Restrictions for City Officials
Wichita City Council introduced an ethics proposal to establish gift restrictions for elected and appointed city officials.
Proposal 2021-01-26 would cap the value of gifts Wichita’s mayor and City Council members may receive from people doing or planning to do business with the city at $150 a year and require disclosure of gifts worth $50 or more.
The proposal would also establish a whistleblower hotline with protections for those who want to report a violation, and an ethics advisory board to be appointed by the mayor and council to handle complaints against the mayor, council members or any members of city boards or commissions.
Penalties for violations of the proposed code of ethics would result in a fine between $100 and $1,000 for each violation.
Council members will hold a workshop on the ordinance April 27 and vote on the proposal in May.
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