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19a.04.02.00.htm 19A.04.02.00. Title 19A STATE ETHICS COMMISSION Subtitle 04 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ETHICS LAW Chapter 02 Review Criteria Authority: General Provisions Article, §5-206 and 5-209 and Title 5, Subtitle 8, Annotated Code of Maryland
19a.04.02.01.htm 19A.04.02.01. 01 Scope.. A. The provisions of this chapter reflect the minimum elements that shall be addressed by a county or municipal ethics law in order for the law to be viewed as:1) Similar or substantially similar to the Public Ethics Law; and. 2) For elected local officials and candidates to be elected local officials, at least equivalent to the requirements of General Provisions Article, Title 5, Subtitles 5 and 6, Annotated Code of Maryland.B. A county or municipali
19a.04.02.02.htm 19A.04.02.02. 02 Coverage.. A. To be viewed as similar to the Public Ethics Law, all elected local officials, local employees subject to the jurisdiction of the locality, and nonelected local officials shall be subject to the local ethics law.B. Conflicts of Interest.. 1) A local law shall include conflict of interest provisions for elected local officials equivalent to or exceeding the requirements of General Provisions Article, Title 5, Subtitle 5, Annotated Code of Maryland.
19a.04.02.03.htm 19A.04.02.03. 03 Administration.. The local law shall:. A. Identify or establish a local agency responsible for implementing the law;. B. Provide the local agency responsible for implementing the law with a structure that supports impartiality and independence of judgment by its officials and employees through the hiring and appointment process;C. Provide for the local agency responsible for implementing the local law to issue advisory opinions as to the applicability of the law to elected lo
19a.04.02.04.htm 19A.04.02.04. 04 Conflicts of Interest.. A. Similarity to Public Ethics Law.. 1) Unless the Commission grants the county or municipality a modification or exemption as provided in COMAR 19A.04.03.03 in accordance with General Provisions Article, §5-209 and 5-808, Annotated Code of Maryland, as applicable, to be equivalent to the requirements of and similar to the Public Ethics Law, the local ethics law shall address conflicts of interest restrictions as described in this regulation.
19a.04.02.05.htm 19A.04.02.05. 05 Financial Disclosure.. A. Unless the Commission grants a county or municipality a modification or exemption as provided in COMAR 19A.04.03.03 in accordance with General Provisions Article, §5-209 and 5-809, Annotated Code of Maryland, as applicable, the local law shall include financial disclosure requirements as described in this regulation.B. Elected Local Officials.. 1) For elected local officials, the local law shall include financial disclosure requirements for el
19a.04.02.06.htm 19A.04.02.06. 06 Lobbying.. A. Unless the Commission grants a county or municipality a modification or exemption as provided in COMAR 19A.04.03.03, the local law shall include lobbying provisions as described in this regulation.B. Lobbying Registration.. 1) To be substantially similar to the Public Ethics Law, the local law shall require, at a minimum, that a person who provides elected local officials, appointed officials, or employees with food, entertainment, or other gift
19a.04.02.07.htm 19A.04.02.07. 07 Enforcement.. A. A local law shall include sanctions for violations of the substantive provisions of the law.. B. Consistent with local power and authority, enforcement provisions may include:. 1) Civil fines;. 2) Cease and desist orders to enjoin continuation of violations;. 3) Administrative and personnel sanctions;. 4) Reprimands;. 5) Late fees;. 6) Criminal sanctions; and. 7) Other sanctions as appropriate in the local jurisdiction..
19a.04.02.9999.htm 19A.04.02. Administrative History Effective date: September 14, 1981 (8:18 Md. R. 1481). Regulation .02A and B amended effective January 20, 1992 (19:1 Md. R. 34). Regulation .03A amended effective January 20, 1992 (19:1 Md. R. 34). Regulation .04B amended effective January 20, 1992 (19:1 Md. R. 34). Regulation .05C amended effective January 20, 1992 (19:1 Md. R. 34). Regulations .01―07 repealed and new Regulations .01―07 adopted effective April 18, 2011 (38:8 Md. R. 508)
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