Balto. Co. Council Delays Introduction of Ethics Bill

… Panel members say they didn’t have time to review legislation …

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

8:05 PM EST, November 7, 2011

Baltimore County Council members on Monday delayed introducing a wide-ranging ethics bill proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, saying they didn’t have time to review the lengthy legislation.

Council members now plan to introduce the bill at a legislative session planned for Nov. 21, rather than Monday as scheduled. The measure could then be voted on in December.

Among other things, the bill would add teeth to a county charter rule against council members holding state jobs; prohibit county employees from taking gifts from people who do business with the county; and require the financial disclosure forms of elected officials to be posted online beginning in May 2012.

After the meeting, council members said they support Kamenetz’s proposals, but wanted more time to review the legislation, which is about 50 pages long. Some members said they did not receive a draft of the bill until late Monday afternoon.

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