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Ward Three Democratic Committee 
Government Ethics Reform Resolution
September 15, 2011




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Government Ethics Reform Resolution

as passed 18-16 by the Ward Three Democratic Committee
September 15, 2011

Whereas it is up to all citizens to sound the alarm about ethical lapses by our elected officials and ensure that elected officials operate within strong ethical boundaries; and

Whereas ethics reform bills have been introduced in the Council:

Now therefore be it resolved that, as soon as the Council reconvenes in September, the Ward 3 Democratic Committee shall lobby the D.C. Council to hold, once ample public notice has been given, public hearings on ethics bills; and

Be it further resolved that the Ward Three Democratic Committee advocate for amendments to current law and an ethics bill that includes the following principles:

  1. a requirement that elected officials adhere to clearly stated, unified, and comprehensive codes of conduct and regulations governing transparency and public disclosure, conflicts of interest, and misuse of public funds and property;
  2. strong sanctions and appropriate civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance with these codes and regulations;
  3. in order to avoid conflicts of interest, provides that District law shall be amended to provide that, like the Mayor and the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, all other members of the Council shall not engage in any employment (whether as an employee or as a self-employed individual) or hold any position (other than his or her position as Council Member) for which he or she is compensated in an amount in excess of his or her actual expenses in connection therewith; and
  4. provision for appointment of a D.C. Ethics Counsel for a term certain and creation of an independent ethics office to enforce these codes and regulations that has investigatory, enforcement, and resolution authority and is authorized to hold hearings that are publicized and open to the public and to levy monetary civil penalties on public officials, and refer cases to the District of Columbia Attorney General and/or the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; and elimination of Constituent Service Funds for Elected Officials

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