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Ethics draft 12 2 11

Ethics draft 12 2 11

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Published by Elissa Silverman
Here's the ethics bill voted on today....I'm sure all four councilmembers read the 109 pages. Right.
Here's the ethics bill voted on today....I'm sure all four councilmembers read the 109 pages. Right.

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Committee on Government OperationsDecember 5, 2011Second Draft Committee Print1A BILL1__________2IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA3____________________4To establish the independent Board of Ethics and Government Accountability5(“Ethics Board”) to administer and enforce the Code of Conduct, to6establish the composition of the board, qualifications of board members,7procedures for removal of board members, terms of appointment,8meetings procedures, investigations procedures, hearings requirements,9penalties for violation of the code of conduct including suspension or10revocation of a member of the Council of the District of Columbia’s11committee vote or committee chairmanship, provide for local12prosecutorial authority for certain violations of the code of conduct, to13authorize the Board to issue advisory opinions and to provide a safe harbor14for good faith reliance thereon; to empower a Director to conduct the day-15to-day duties of the Ethics Board including investigations of allegations of 16violations of the Code of Conduct; to amend the Home Rule Act to waive17the prohibition against recall during the first and fourth years of an elected18term for violation of the Code of Conduct, and to reduce to 5 the19percentage of qualified electors needed to initiate a recall against an at-20large member of the Council; to amend the Merit Personnel Act to require21annual training and certification of public officials including the members22of the Ethics Board, and to subject all District employees and officials to23the District Personnel Manual; to redefine the citizen-service program,24restrict by amount and use constituent services funds; to prohibit the25provision of discounted legal and other services to elected officials by26lobbyists, and to require rolling on-line publication of lobbyist27registration; to reduce the number of employees who must file public and28confidential financial disclosures, to require greater disclosure of financial29information from those filers, and to require public officials to certify30compliance with the code of conduct; to establish filing and reporting31requirements for legal defense and charge the Ethics Board with32enforcement; to establish filing and reporting requirements for transition,33and inauguration committees; to establish within the Ethics Board the34independent Open Government Office established by the Open Meetings35Amendment Act and to appoint the director of the Open Government36
 
Committee on Government OperationsDecember 5, 2011Second Draft Committee Print2Office, to repeal Chapter 11 of Title 1, and to make ineligible to serve any1Councilmember or Mayor convicted of a felony while in office.23BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF4COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the “Board of Ethics and Government5Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Amendment6Act of 2011”.78Table of Contents.91011Sec. 2.1213TITLE I. ETHICS ACT_____________________________________________ 214TITLE I. SUBTITLE A. BOARD OF ETHICS AND GOVERNMENT15ACCOUNTABILITY ESTABLISHMENT_____________________________ 516TITLE I. SUBTITLE B. DIRECTOR OF THE BOARD OF ETHICS17
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1718TITLE I. SUBTITLE C. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST__________________ 2319TITLE I. SUBTITLE D. LOBBYISTS_________________________________2820TITLE I. SUBTITLE E. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES AND21HONORARIA____________________________________________________3922TITLE I. SUBTITLE F. CONSTITUENT SERVICES23FUNDS
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472425TITLE II. _______________________________________________________ 5826TITLE II. SUBTITLE A. OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN27FINANCE_______________________________________________________6428TITLE II. SUBTITLE B. CAMPAIGN FINANCE29COMMITTEES___________________________________________________6730TITLE II SUBTITLE C. LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS____________________ 8931TITLE II. SUBTITLE D. CONTRIBUTION32LIMITATIONS___________________________________________________9633TITLE II. SUBTITLE E. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND34ENFORCEMENT________________________________________________1013536TITLE III. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS AND37REPEALERS
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1033839TITLE IV. TRANSITION PROVISIONS._____________________________10740TITLE V. FISCAL IMPACT AND EFFECTIVE DATE _________________108414243
 
Committee on Government OperationsDecember 5, 2011Second Draft Committee Print3
TITLE I. ETHICS ACT.
1Sec. 101. Short title.23This title may be cited as the “Government Ethics Act of 2011”.45Sec. 102. Definitions.67For the purposes of this act, the term:8(1) "Administrative Procedure Act" means the District of Columbia9Administrative Procedure Act, approved October 21, 1968 (82 Stat. 1204; D.C.10Official Code 2-501
et seq
.)11(2) " Elections Board” means the District of Columbia Board of Elections12established under the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955, approved13August 12, 1955 (69 Stat. 699; D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.01
et seq
. and14redesignated by section 206.15(3) "Ethics Board" means the District of Columbia Board of Ethics and16Government Accountability, established under section 103.17
(4) “Code of Conduct” means those provisions contained in the following:
18
(A) Rules 202 and 203 of the Rules of Organization and Procedures
19
for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XIX, updated August 8,
20
2011;
21
(B) Sections 1801 through 1802 of the District of Columbia
22
Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978;
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(D) Section 2 of the Official Correspondence Regulations, effective
24
April 7, 1977 (D.C. Official Code § 2-701
et seq
);
25
(E) Section 416 of the Procurement Practices Reform Act, effective
26
April 11, 2011 (D.C. Official Code 2-354.16).
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