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Baltimore City Council bill would tighten restrictions on lobbyists, require forms go online

Baltimore City Council bill would tighten restrictions on lobbyists, require forms go online

City Councilman Zeke Cohen plans to introduce legislation Monday that would tighten restrictions on lobbyists in Baltimore and require the ethics board to post lobbying disclosure forms online for the public to view.

Cohen, who represents Southeast Baltimore, said the legislation comes in response to requests from constituents who feel kept in the dark about the influence of moneyed interests within city government.

“One of the fair and legitimate knocks against Baltimore city government has been a lack of will to be transparent,” Cohen said.

Cohen said he’s also experienced frustration trying to figure out whom the lobbyists approaching him represent. And he watched...

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