19A.05.01.03

.03 General Requirements.

A. Conflicts of Interest and Financial Disclosure Regulations Required for Members of and Candidates for School Board.

(1) A board of education shall adopt conflict of interest regulations applicable to members of the school board.

(2) A board of education shall adopt financial disclosure regulations applicable to members of the school board and, if the board is an elected board under Education Article, Title 3, Subtitle 1, Part III, Annotated Code of Maryland, to candidates to be members of the school board.

(3) The regulations adopted under this section for members of the school board and candidates to be members of the school board shall be at least equivalent to the requirements for officials contained in General Provisions Article, Title 5, Subtitles 5 and 6, Annotated Code of Maryland.

B. Conflicts of Interest and Financial Disclosure Regulations for School Officials and Employees and Lobbying Disclosure Regulation — Permissible.

(1) A board of education may adopt ethics regulations under this subtitle covering conflicts of interest and financial disclosure for school officials and school employees and covering lobbying disclosure similar to the Public Ethics Law.

(2) If a board of education does not adopt ethics regulations that are approved by the Commission as similar to the Public Ethics Law under COMAR 19A.05.03.02, its school officials and its school employees are subject to the local ethics laws in the county in which the board is located, adopted under General Provisions Article, Title 5, Subtitle 8, Annotated Code of Maryland.