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Panel of state senators meet to discuss ethics policies

ANNAPOLIS — A panel of state senators is meeting to discuss ways to improve financial disclosure rules for lawmakers.

The panel is meeting on Fridays to prepare recommendations by March. The panel also will be examining ways to create financial penalties.

Maryland lawmakers have not had substantial review of ethics policies for more than a decade.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who created the panel, told senators on Thursday that rules are lacking in terms of how ethical lapses should be addressed. He is describing the committee’s work as very serious in determining how issues will be addressed in the future.

A separate ethics panel is expected to review the case of Sen. Ulysses Currie this session for failing to disclose work for a grocery store chain in his disclosure forms.