Cathy Bevins

Baltimore County Council votes along party lines on ethics, work session bills

Baltimore County Council votes along party lines on ethics, work session bills

As Baltimore County Council members took up a series of bills Monday designed to address ethics and transparency in local government, votes fell along party lines.

The council, composed of four Democrats and three Republicans, voted 4-3 to approve legislation introduced by Democratic Councilwoman Vicki Almond of Reisterstown to require ethics training for top county officials, registered lobbyists, and members of county boards including the Revenue Authority, Planning Board and the Liquor Board.

The three Republicans voted against the ethics measure, expressing concerns it would require ethics training for community activists. The Baltimore County Campaign for Liberty, which...

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