Session Update: Public Information and Ethics Legislation

This post summarizes the status of various public information and ethics bills that MACo either considered or took a position on.

Financial Disclosure Requirements for Local Government Officials:   HB 1177 / SB 948 is a MACo bill designed to clarify the new financial disclosure requirements for local elected officials and school board members that were required by 2010 legislation.  MACo supported the bills and also supported amendments offered by MML that were adopted by the bill sponsors.  As amended, the bill would authorize a local government or school board to require an elected official or school board member to disclose certain holdings in business interests only if the business entity does business with or is regulated by the local government or school board. If the business interest becomes disclosable after the most recent reporting period, the official or board member has 30 days to disclose the interest after learning that the interest is disclosable.  The amendments also create similar provisions for the disclosure of property holdings, indebtedness, and family income.  STATUS = PENDING.  The House Environmental Matters Committee heard HB 1177 on March 6.  The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee heard SB 948 on March 2.

MACo HB 1177 Testimony

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