Management and Fiscal Policy Committee
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 37-10, Ethics
Ethics Commission - Staff
Expedited Bill 37-10, Ethics - Ethics Commission - Staff, sponsored by the Management
and Fiscal Policy Committee, was introduced on June 15. A public hearing was held on July 13.
Bill 37-10, which resulted from the Committee's review of the Commission's operating
• authorize the Ethics Commission, rather than the Chief Administrative Officer, to
appoint and remove the Commission's staff director/chief counsel, who would
replace the current Commission Executive Director;
• require the staff director/chief counsel to be a lawyer licensed to practice in
Maryland, and authorize the staff director/chief counsel to advise and represent
the Commission independent of the County Attorney;
• clarify the working relationship between the Commission and the County
• authorize the staff director/chief counsel to appoint, supervise, and remove other
Commission staff; and
• exempt Commission staff from membership in a collective bargaining unit.
The CommIttee's purpose in introducing these amendments was to enhance the independence
and value of the Commission.
All speakers at the hearing, including the current and former chairs of the County Ethics
Commission and the staff director of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission, supported
this Bill as introduced (see testimony, ©9-14). The County Executive did not testify or send a
representative to the hearing.
The OMB fiscal impact statement, shown on ©6-8, estimated that the
fiscal impact of this bill, mainly replacing the current Commission Executive Director with a
new staff director/chief counsel, could range from a cost of $11,450 to a savings of $66,000,
depending on the pay grade of the new employee.