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General Assembly ethics commission holds first meeting

ANNAPOLIS — A new ethics commission in the Maryland General Assembly has held its first meeting to review state ethics policies.

The seven-member panel of state senators met Friday to begin discussing what they will be reviewing.

They plan to submit recommendations by March 1, so the General Assembly can consider acting on them this year.

Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, is leading the effort. He says the panel will be considering three major areas, including disclosure, sanctions and disincentives, such as potential loss of pensions for infractions.

The panel plans to meet on Fridays before session convenes at 11 a.m.

A separate Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics will be considering potential sanctions this session against Sen. Ulysses Currie, D-Prince George’s, for failing to disclose work for a grocery store chain.

For more on the ethics panel, check out Nick Sohr’s Eye on Annapolis blog.