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By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Walter F. Roche Jr.,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1999
The task force examining the state Injured Workers Insurance Fund recommended yesterday that the agency's governing board be expanded, and members hinted they'll abandon a proposal to exempt the agency from state ethics and public meetings laws.The task force voted unanimously during a two-hour session to recommend that IWIF's board of directors expand from seven to 11 members to better manage the $1 billion operation. They rejected proposals to require that some of those board members have expertise in a particular field, such as insurance.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2003
Maryland ranks high among states for the quality of its disclosure regulations for lobbyists but still gets a poor overall grade because the information needs to be more accessible to the public, according to a government watchdog organization based in Washington. The Center for Public Integrity gave Maryland a "D" for efforts to regulate lobbyists and make their activities available for public viewing. The state's sub-par grade was still better than those of 41 other states, highlighting the low priority of lobbying reform in most state legislatures.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1998
Responding to ethics controversies that have dominated the legislative session, House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. proposed yesterday that the General Assembly create a new ethics office to help police the behavior of its members.The Office of Legislative Ethics Advisory Services -- with a full-time director and support staff -- would work with the Assembly's ethics committee and subject the 188 senators and delegates to what would amount to regular ethics checkups.Taylor said he was less concerned with catching and punishing lawmakers who break the law than with helping all legislators comply.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | January 15, 2000
ADELPHI -- University System of Maryland officials asked yesterday that the state ethics commission reverse a decision that puts campus Boards of Visitors under ethics regulations. "We are adopting a two-pronged approach," said Leronia A. Josey, chairwoman of the advancement committee of the system's Board of Regents. "We passed a resolution calling on the full board to ask the ethics commission to reconsider this and, if that fails, for the legislature to take action." System officials said they are concerned that the ethics regulations -- which could require Boards of Visitors members to make full financial disclosure and prohibit them from doing business with the school -- might keep people from joining the Boards of Visitors.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2003
Annapolis lobbyist and convicted felon Gerard E. Evans cannot be punished under the tougher state ethics laws inspired by his crimes because the regulations don't apply retroactively, a judge ruled in a decision released yesterday. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth determined that the State Ethics Commission overreached its authority in October when it revoked Evans' lobbyist registration -- certification he received less than a month after leaving a halfway house. The commission had decided that Evans should be prohibited from practicing in the town where he was once a $1 million-a-year earner, because he had been convicted of "a crime of moral turpitude arising from lobbying activities," which, under the law, renders him illegible to lobby.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2002
The state Department of Human Resources said yesterday that Annapolis lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano met with its officials on behalf of the winning bidder on a disputed $42 million contract even though he is not registered to represent the organization. Elyn Garrett-Jones, a spokesman for the Department of Human Resources, said that Bereano conducted two meetings in April with department procurement officials concerning details of the lucrative foster care contract that had been awarded to the nonprofit Adoptions Together.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2005
A top Maryland transportation official inappropriately oversaw $3.3 million in poorly documented consulting work done for the state by a company that employs her husband, according to an audit report released yesterday. The auditors, who turned their findings over to law enforcement authorities for review, said the official's actions appear to violate state ethics law and internal policies of the Maryland Department of Transportation governing conflicts of interest. Auditors did not name the "senior management official" in their report, but a source familiar with the investigation identified her as Marsha J. Kaiser, director of the office of planning and capital programming for the Transportation Department.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2002
At a time of mounting personal debt five years ago, state Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV sought a $10,000 loan from two Baltimore bail bondsmen and a bus company owner whose businesses are routinely the subject of legislation before the General Assembly. According to all three businessmen, Mitchell's request led to an arrangement in which one put up the money for the loan but it was made in the name of an unincorporated investment firm. Mitchell's request and the resulting loan - an apparent violation of Maryland ethics law - came during the 1997 General Assembly session, when he was a state delegate.
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By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Scott Higham and Walter F. Roche Jr. and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1998
Lawyers for embattled state Sen. Larry Young mounted a last-minute, but apparently futile, appeal yesterday to delay tomorrow's vote on a resolution to expel him from the Senate.In a letter to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Young's lawyers charged that the West Baltimore legislator was not given a chance to confront or cross-examine the witnesses whotestified against him, as allowed under the state ethics law.Instead, said Young's attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, the legislature's ethics committee used an abbreviated process to meet a preimposed deadline.
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By GREG GARLAND and GREG GARLAND,SUN REPORTER | April 27, 2006
The spouse of a Department of General Services official who oversees the sale of surplus state property was allowed to purchase a used car directly from a Maryland agency at a price below what it likely would have sold for at auction, according to an audit released yesterday. Legislative auditors said the June sale "appears to have violated state ethics law and a prior ethics opinion" and referred the matter to the State Ethics Commission for review. The transaction -- which came to auditors' attention through a tip to a fraud hot line -- prompted General Services Secretary Boyd K. Rutherford to order policy changes in January.
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