Charles E. Sydnor III, Senate Chair (chosen by Senate President) (410) 841-3612, (301) 858-3612
J. Sandy Bartlett, House Chair (chosen by House Speaker) (410) 841-3370, (301) 858-3370

Ex officio (nonvoting): Bill Ferguson, Senate President; Adrienne A. Jones, House Speaker.

Counsel: Deadra W. Daly; e-mail:
Co-Counsel: Crystal L. Lemieux; e-mail:

[photo, Legislative Services Building, 1st floor stairwell, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland] c/o Legislation & Committee Support
Department of Legislative Services
Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5200, (301) 970-5200; 1-800-492-7122, ext. 5200 (toll free)

Legislative Services Building, 1st floor stairwell, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland, January 2018. Photo by Diane F. Evartt

In 1972, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics formed (Chapter 5, Acts of 1972).

The Committee enforces provisions of the Public Ethics Law that apply to members of the General Assembly. It also renders advisory opinions and promulgates rules of legislative ethics. These rules apply year-round.

Members of the General Assembly are required to file with the Committee certain mandatory disclosure statements, as well as discretionary public "disclaimers of interest" concerning legislative matters that constitute conflicts of interest.

The Committee consists of fourteen members: six from the Senate and six from the House of Delegates chosen respectively by the Senate President and House Speaker, who also appoint the chairs. At least one member of the Senate and one of the House are chosen from the party of the Minority Leader (Code State Government Article, secs. 2-701 through 2-708). The Senate President and House Speaker serve as nonvoting members.

Subject to the approval of the Senate President and House Speaker, the Executive Director of the Department of Legislative Services appoints an attorney to serve as Counsel to the Committee (Code State Government Article, sec. 2-709).

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