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June 12, 2003
The Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission cannot restrict House Speaker Michael E. Busch's actions as a state lawmaker, the state attorney general's office wrote in a letter released yesterday. "It is my view that it would be inappropriate for the County Ethics Commission to attempt to limit those matters on which you could vote as a legislator," Assistant Attorney General Kathryn M. Rowe wrote to Busch. The Democrat contends that he can continue to vote on issues affecting Anne Arundel government, for which he is assistant to the director of recreation and parks.
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By Steven Stanek and Steven Stanek,Sun reporter | July 23, 2008
County Executive John R. Leopold has asked the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission to issue a special exemption allowing off-duty police officers to work second jobs at bingo halls and other establishments that serve alcohol, a stance the commission has long opposed. The request came Friday, the same day that the Maryland Ethics Commission said that a county bill allowing police officers to moonlight at such establishments was invalid because it does not conform to the state's ethics law. The state ruled that permission could be granted only through a special exemption granted by the county ethics commission, which has argued in the past that police officers who work secondary jobs in alcohol-serving establishments may be tempted to overlook minor illegal activity there.
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By Steven Stanek and Steven Stanek,Sun reporter | July 23, 2008
County Executive John R. Leopold has asked the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission to issue a special exemption allowing off-duty police officers to work second jobs at bingo halls and other establishments that serve alcohol, a stance the commission has long opposed. The request came Friday, the same day that the Maryland Ethics Commission said that a county bill allowing police officers to moonlight at such establishments was invalid because it does not conform to the state's ethics law. The state ruled that permission could be granted only through a special exemption granted by the county ethics commission, which has argued in the past that police officers who work secondary jobs in alcohol-serving establishments may be tempted to overlook minor illegal activity there.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | June 12, 2003
The Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission cannot restrict House Speaker Michael E. Busch's actions as a state lawmaker, the state attorney general's office wrote in a letter released yesterday. "It is my view that it would be inappropriate for the County Ethics Commission to attempt to limit those matters on which you could vote as a legislator," Assistant Attorney General Kathryn M. Rowe wrote to Busch, who is a county employee. The letter throws significant legal weight behind the Democrat's position that he can continue to vote on issues affecting the Anne Arundel government, for which he is assistant to the director of recreation and parks.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2003
Though a lengthy ethics investigation of Carroll Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge revealed actions that had "the appearance, if not the fact, of impropriety," the commissioner did not commit any criminal acts, according to a report released yesterday by the state prosecutor. The 22-page report by Prosecutor Stephen D. Montanarelli criticizes Gouge for talking to a county employee about having the price of contract work at her daughter's business reduced. The report also makes public for the first time an allegation that Gouge talked in late 2001 to then-Commissioner Donald I. Dell about squelching a complaint to the county ethics commission.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1997
Under pressure from the state, Anne Arundel County is moving to strengthen its ethics laws so that elected officials undergo reviews intended to prevent conflicts of interest.The County Council will hold a hearing Dec. 15 on an ordinance that would end the "self-enforcing" of county ethics laws by council members and the county executive.Under the proposed law, elected officials who wanted to take a vote or an action in which they had a personal financial interest would first have to submit a written explanation to the county Ethics Commission for a ruling.
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October 16, 1996
THE CONTROVERSY surrounding Howard County Councilman C. Vernon Gray's fund-raising to run for a non-political office demonstrated the need to close a loophole in an arcane area of state law. Despite assertions by state Ethics Commission Director John O'Donnell that Maryland's laws governing gifts and political contributions are "supposed to be seamless," a gap clearly exists.The Howard County Ethics Commission summed up the controversy: "Can a council member solicit campaign contributions for the non-political office of second vice president for [the National Association of Counties]
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | September 1, 1991
The three Democrats on the County Council plan to introduce legislation Tuesday that, if enacted, could bar Republican Allan Kittleman from serving on the county ethics commission.Kittleman, 30, is the son of popular House of Delegates Minority Whip Robert Kittleman, R-14B. He is also a member of the Republican Central Committee.It is his membership on the GOP committee that concerns the Democrats. The only criteria for serving on the ethics commission is that the nominee be a resident of the county.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 21, 2001
The Carroll commissioners have begun their review of three chapters of the county Code of Public Local Laws, charging a 10-member committee to make recommendations on revisions to personnel policies, ethics and open meetings ordinances. "We ask you to review each chapter to make sure it has what we need today," Commissioner Donald I. Dell told the committee Monday. "Feel free to dig in and see what is good or bad." Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge told the committee, which has until July to complete its work, to call on the board with questions.
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By Steven Stanek and Steven Stanek,SUN REPORTER | June 18, 2008
Anne Arundel County Council members' attempts to wrest some control from the county executive are facing another setback after members failed to pass three charter amendments, sending two of them back to the drawing board. The council on Monday night rejected a measure that would have required the county executive to submit the budget 15 days earlier than the current May 1 deadline, giving the council more time to make adjustments. The 4-3 vote was short of the necessary five-vote supermajority.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | September 20, 2006
A two-page mailing from Howard County Council Chairman Christopher J. Merdon inviting seniors to testify on his bill offering them property tax cuts has prompted a complaint to the county Ethics Commission. The mailing was also criticized at Monday night's County Council hearing by Councilman Calvin Ball, an east Columbia Democrat, who complained that the two pages were misleading and that Merdon, the Republican candidate for county executive, behaved in an "unnecessarily partisan way" by excluding Democrats from a concept that "is actually a pretty good idea."
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2003
A legal opinion released yesterday says House Speaker Michael E. Busch is not subject to all of Anne Arundel County's ethics laws, even though he is a county employee - a ruling that almost certainly will prevent an Ethics Commission review of his dual roles. The letter from County Attorney Linda Schuett to Anne Arundel's Ethics Commission affirms an earlier opinion by the state attorney general. Busch previously had said that if certain rules were applied to him, he would need to give up his speaker's post or his job as assistant to the county's recreation and parks director.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | July 4, 2003
Carroll Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge, who was cleared of criminal charges but admonished for "the appearance ... of impropriety" after a lengthy investigation into alleged ethical violations, still has not faced appropriate justice for her behavior, says a contractor whose complaint was the first in a series of accusations that have troubled Gouge over the past year and a half. Union Bridge contractor Charles Stambaugh, who filed a complaint that led to investigations at the county and state levels, said the report by State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli raised questions about Gouge's behavior that merit review by the county's newly formed ethics commission.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2003
Although a lengthy ethics investigation of Carroll Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge revealed actions that had "the appearance, if not the fact, of impropriety," the commissioner did not commit any criminal acts, according to a report released yesterday by the state prosecutor. The 22-page report by prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli criticizes Gouge for talking to a county employee about having the price of contract work at her daughter's business reduced. The report also makes public for the first time an allegation that Gouge spoke in late 2001 to then-Commissioner Donald I. Dell about squelching a complaint to the county ethics commission.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2003
Though a lengthy ethics investigation of Carroll Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge revealed actions that had "the appearance, if not the fact, of impropriety," the commissioner did not commit any criminal acts, according to a report released yesterday by the state prosecutor. The 22-page report by Prosecutor Stephen D. Montanarelli criticizes Gouge for talking to a county employee about having the price of contract work at her daughter's business reduced. The report also makes public for the first time an allegation that Gouge talked in late 2001 to then-Commissioner Donald I. Dell about squelching a complaint to the county ethics commission.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2003
Carroll Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge says the state prosecutor's office has questioned her about her approval of hundreds of hours of overtime pay for a county employee who had accepted a personal loan from her. A New Windsor man's questions about the overtime payments and the loan were submitted to county officials, who forwarded them to State Prosecutor Stephen Montanerelli's office, documents obtained by The Sun show. Gouge said yesterday that investigators from the state prosecutor's office asked her about the matter, but she said she showed them documentation that supported her assertions that she had done nothing wrong.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2003
Though a lengthy ethics investigation of Carroll Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge revealed actions that had "the appearance, if not the fact, of impropriety," the commissioner did not commit any criminal acts, according to a report released yesterday by the state prosecutor. The 22-page report by Prosecutor Stephen D. Montanarelli criticizes Gouge for talking to a county employee about having the price of contract work at her daughter's business reduced. The report also makes public for the first time an allegation that Gouge talked in late 2001 to Donald I. Dell, then a commissioner, about squelching a complaint to the county ethics commission.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2003
The next decision about House Speaker Michael E. Busch's future as an Anne Arundel County employee rests not with the independent local Ethics Commission, but with an appointee of County Executive Janet S. Owens - Busch's boss and political ally. The county Ethics Commission was expected to review Busch's dual role as state House speaker and assistant to the director of recreation and parks. But after the state attorney general's office issued an opinion that the county cannot restrict Busch's activities as a state lawmaker, the commission turned to the county office of law. Now County Attorney Linda M. Schuett must decide whether the Ethics Commission can investigate Busch.
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