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Council Ethics Counselor Appointment Resolution of 2009
PR 18-490




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Chairman Vincent C. Gray


Chairman Vincent C. Gray introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on __________________________.

To appoint the General Counsel to the Council as Ethics Counselor for the Council, and to specify the duties the Ethics Counselor is to perform in addition to the requirements set forth in section 1803 of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the “Council Ethics Counselor Appointment Resolution of 2009”.

Sec. 2. In accordance with section 1803 of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Peronnel Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-139; D.C. Official Code §1-618.03), the General Counsel to the Counsel is appointed as the Ethics Counselor for the Council of the District of Columbia.

Sec. 3. The responsibilities of the Ethics Counselor for the Council shall include the following:

(a) Advising Councilmembers and staff (“Council employees”) with respect to their obligations under the District’s conflict of interest laws and regulations;

(b) Maintaining copies of all laws, regulations, orders, and advisory opinions with respect to ethical conduct and financial disclosure which are applicable to Council employees;

(c) Issuing advisory opinions concerning potential conflicts of interest that are presented to Council employees for resolution; and

(d) In coordination with the Office of Campaign Finance, provide training on the application of ethics and conflict of interest laws and regulations to Council employees.

Sec. 4. Financial impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Council's Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (84 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code §1-206.02(c)(3)).

Sec. 5. Effective date.

This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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