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Session Laws, 2000
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PARRIS N. GLENDENING, Governor JR. 1
JOINT RESOLUTIONS SIGNED
by the PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
and the SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES Joint Resolution No. 1
(Senate Joint Resolution No. 1) A Senate Joint Resolution concerning Rules of Legislative Ethics FOR the purpose of repealing obsolete Rules of Legislative Ethics; adopting a
standard for the waiver of confidentiality in certain matters before the Joint
Committee on Legislative Ethics; and generally relating to the Rules of
Legislative Ethics. WHEREAS, The General Assembly adopted significant substantive changes to
the Maryland Public Ethics Law in Chapters 129 and 130 of the Acts of 1999; and WHEREAS, The Rules of Legislative Ethics previously in effect were a mere
repetition of the previous statutory provisions and therefore are now obsolete; and WHEREAS, Section 15-516(a)(3) of the State Government Article, as enacted
under the new Ethics Law, specifically requires the General Assembly to establish, by
Rule, criteria for the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics to follow when
considering whether to waive the general requirement of confidentiality in
investigatory proceedings of the Joint Committee; and WHEREAS, Further additions to the Rules of Legislative Ethics are not
currently proposed; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That the Rules
of Legislative Ethics, published as Rules 118 through 130 of the Rules of the Senate of
Maryland and Rules 118 through 130 of the Rules of the House of Delegates of
Maryland, are hereby repealed; and be it further RESOLVED, That the following Rule of Legislative Ethics is adopted: 1. Waiver of confidentiality. The Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, in its exercise of the authority
granted under § 15-516(b)(3)(ii) of the State Government Article and upon a vote of
three-fourths of the membership of the Joint Committee, may allow public access to
and inspection of information relating to a complaint, proceeding, or record if
disclosure is necessary to uphold the integrity of the ethics investigation process. Signed May 18, 2000.
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