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No comments at hearing on proposed ethics law

September 20, 2011

No one spoke Tuesday afternoon during a public hearing on a new proposed ethics law being considered by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The county is  preparing to replace its five-page ethics ordinance with a longer, more detailed version suggested by the state.

  The change is needed because of state legislation passed in 2010 that changed the requirements for local ethics ordinances, Assistant County Attorney Kirk C. Downey has said.

  Downey's suggested ordinance is 17 pages long and includes more disclosure and filing requirements than the existing ordinance, he said previously.

  Downey said Tuesday that he sent the proposed ordinance to the State Ethics Commission and they agreed with the proposal.

  Downey said he will bring the proposed law back to the commissioners on Tuesday for final action.


— Heather Keels

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