Dear Councilman Kraft: I write on behalf of the Ethics Board to challenge statements attributed to you in recent articles in the Baltimore Sun and City Paper asserting that the Ethics Board members did not attend a hearing on the Board's bill that proposed changes to the Ethics Law as it relates to conflict of interest issues for City employees. On Tuesday December 11, 2012, several members of the Board attended the committee hearing on this bill. We remained through a long hearing on another bill so that we would be present when the Board's bill came up for discussion. When it did, not a single objection or issue was raised by any member of the committee. Moreover, nothing said during that hearing even hinted that there were concerns about the bill or that it would be amended. Not one City Council member contacted any member of the Board or its staff to discuss concerns about the bill or to advise that an amendment would be proposed at the December 18 voting session -- a session the Ethics Board members would have attended had we known about the amendment. We hope that in the future, statements to the media by you and other elected officials regarding matters of such profound consequence as the aforementioned proposed changes to the City's Ethics Law will be accurate in all respects.