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Tag Archives: State Ethics Commission

Editorial: A clear winner in gambling debate (access required)

In case you were wondering who won the Great Gambling Debate of the 2012 regular session of the Maryland General Assembly, the results are in, and there is a clear winner – lobbyists. Their earnings for the six months including ...

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Gambling debate helps lobbyists hit jackpot (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — This year’s high-stakes gambling debate contributed to a big payday for top General Assembly lobbyists, who saw their earnings for the six-month period that includes the 2012 legislative session leap 38 percent year-over-year. Penn National Gaming Inc., operator ...

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Editorial: Financial disclosure needs major overhaul

Maryland’s toothless, outdated financial disclosure law needs a major overhaul, and it needs it now. To begin with, our state is the only state that requires citizens to show up in person to view financial disclosure reports. This means that ...

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Maryland Senate panel tackles ethics reform (access required)

As Maryland lawmakers consider sanctions against one of their own, a new committee of seven senators will be searching for ways to make the state’s ethics laws more open and transparent and toughen sanctions against lawmakers who break them. The ...

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‘No change’: Financial disclosure on the Court of Appeals (access required)

No change. No change. No change. Look at this year’s financial disclosure forms from the judges on the Court of Appeals, and that is the only disclosure you will find in many a category. Since 1975, the Maryland Judiciary has ...

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Maryland’s top lobbyists got $15.5M during 2011 session (access required)

Maryland’s biggest businesses, interest groups and labor unions increased spending on lobbyists to $15.5 million during the 2011 General Assembly session, according to the State Ethics Commission. That was a 14.4 percent bump over the 2010 session, when the top ...

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Gov. O’Malley gets gaggle of gifts, even keeps some

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley probably received the top item on his Christmas list this year on Election Day, but constituents and well-wishers from around the globe are sure to be sending holiday gifts toward Government House to fill in ...

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Transparency efforts bring groups together

Legislators and advocates on the right and left are often at odds on policy, but a conference next week will bring divergent groups together on something they can all agree on: the need for greater openness and transparency in government. ...

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