Sports tickets banned as gifts for Baltimore County elected officials

Council revises ethics law to meet state standards

July 03, 2012|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Elected officials in Baltimore County will no longer be allowed to take sports tickets as gifts from lobbyists or people who do business with the county.

The County Council on Monday unanimously approved revisions to the county's ethics law to bring the rules in line with state standards, including the ban on tickets. Other revisions dealt with issues including when lobbyists must report the gifts they give to public officials.

Last year, the council revamped the local ethics law under a measure proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. But that legislation did not ban sports tickets as gifts, as required by state law. The state Ethics Commission told the county in February that its laws didn't meet standards.

In disclosure forms filed this year, Kamenetz and most council members reported receiving sports tickets from developers and others in 2011.

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