Agenda Item 4D
July 21, 2015
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 39-14, Ethics -Amendments
Bill 39-14, Ethics - Amendments, sponsored by the Council President at the request of
the Ethics Commission, was introduced on July 29, 2014. A public hearing was held on
September 16, at which the County Attorney, representing the County Executive, and the Chair
and Staff Director of the County Ethics Commission appeared (see County Executive testimony
Bill 39-14 would revise prov1s1ons of the County Ethics Law governing financial
disclosure and solicitation and acceptance of gifts, mainly to meet certain requirements of State
law. See the transmittal letter from the Ethics Commission for details (©37-40). For further
analysis of the Bill and how it relates to the State requirements, see the Bill review letter from
the County Attorney on ©41-54.
The County Attorney's bill review memo on
well describes how the requirements
of the State Ethics Law are applied to the County Ethics Law, and how those requirements for
particular have been affected by recent amendments to the underlying State law.
not attempt in this memo to repeat or summarize the analysis of either the County Ethics
Commission in its transmittal memo on ©37-40 or the County Attorney in his bill review memo; we
urge Councilmembers to read both closely, particularly the County Attorney's State law
background discussion on ©41-43.
Briefly, the standards set by the State law are that the County
law must be
to the State law for all public employees except elected officials, and must
"equivalent to or exceed the requirement of"
State law for elected officials (County Executive
For the State laws which articulate the standards that the County law must meet, see §§5-808 and 5-809 of a new
General Provisions (GP) Article of the Maryland Code at ©56-56a.