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Frederick County won't push state to adopt ethics measure

September 12, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The Frederick County Commissioners won't ask state lawmakers this year to adopt a controversial ethics measure.

Commissioner John Thompson wants the state to adopt an ethics law forbidding state elected officials from having sexual relationships with state employees who work for them. However, the commissioners have decided not to include Thompson's proposal on the county's list of legislative priorities.

Thompson said last week the proposal was a response to a specific situation, but he would not name the people involved.

Meanwhile, the commissioners plan to ask state lawmakers to raise their $45,000 annual salaries to $75,000. If approved, it would take effect for commissioners in their next term, which starts in 2010.

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