Maryland legislature in need of ethics

October 31, 2011

I agree with letter writer Bill Miller ("Currie trial reveals flawed political system," Oct. 27) that a system in which a legislator can be personally compensated for assisting a constituent presents an obvious conflict of interest. At least it should, but I know that in Maryland state government, that doesn't seem to be the case.

It's very disheartening to the voters and taxpayers as we have no influence to change this system. Most legislators have full-time jobs outside of the General Assembly, but when it is in session and they are doing the people's business, it is unseemly that they get to make laws and be compensated by others. That just doesn't pass the transparency test.

P. Ranney, Millersville

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