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SPECIAL STUDY COMMISSION ON THE MARYLAND PUBLIC ETHICS LAW


Benjamin L. Cardin, Chair (appointed by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Senate President & House Speaker: Sherry F. Bellamy; Jervis S. Finney; Ray Jenkins; Helen L. Koss; Shirley Peterson; Deborah Povich; Stuart O. Simms; John R. Stierhoff.

Ex officio: Clarence W. Blount, Senate Majority Leader; John A. Hurson, House Majority Leader; F. Vernon Boozer, Senate Minority Leader; Robert H. Kittleman, House Minority Leader; Michael J. Collins, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics; Kenneth C. Montague, Jr., House Chair, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics.

Counsel: William G. Somerville; Jeremy M. McCoy.

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Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5358, (301) 970-5358

The Special Study Commission on the Maryland Public Ethics Law was formed by the Senate President and the House Speaker in April 1998 (Joint Resolution no. 2, Acts of 1998). The Commission examined the Maryland Public Ethics Law as it applies to the General Assembly. The Commission considered the relationship of legislators with businesses, lobbyists, and State agencies; and the use by legislators of State-provided offices, staff, equipment, and other resources. The Commission also examined ways in which the title and prestige of office are used; conflict of interest issues; requirements for disclosure of interest; and the authority and powers of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics.

The Commission reported to the Senate President and House Speaker in December 1998.

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