Minutes - Janaury 16, 2019
CHARLES COUNTY ETHICS COMMISSION
Commissioners Meeting Room
January 16, 2019
Henry Collins, Chairman
Stephen Fitzgerald, Esquire, Vice Chairman
OTHERS PRESENT: Danielle Mitchell, Acting County Attorney, Counsel to the Commission, Melody Weschler, Clerk to the Commission.
CALL TO ORDER FOR SESSION:
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Collins at 5:02 p.m.
A motion was made by Mr. Fitzgerald to approve the January 3, 2019 open meeting minutes, seconded by Mr. Collins, unanimously carried.
A motion was made by Mr. Collins to approve the January 3, 2019 closed meeting minutes, seconded by Ms. Cotton, unanimously carried.
Financial Disclosure forms for 2018. Ms. Mitchell advised the Commission of recent changes by the State Ethics Commission that needed to be addressed (letter attached). Ms. Mitchell went over the changes that had to done to the 2018 form before distribution on January 31, 2019. The first one was, “effective January 1, 2019, Commission may not provide public access to the portion of a financial disclosure statement that includes an individual’s home address as identified by the individual.” Mr. Fitzgerald made a motion to add to the address line a sentence that would address this issue. The line would read: home address will not be disclosed to the public, seconded by Ms. Elliott, all in favor. The second one, “adds another category to Schedule H for a statement filed on or before January 1, 2019, if the filer’s spouse is a regulated lobbyist, must disclose the entity that has engaged the spouse to lobby.” The Commission discussed the required language and asked Ms. Mitchell to check with the State Ethics Commission about the schedule that it should be added to. The Commission also discussed adding a new schedule and including both the person filling out the form and their spouse. Ms. Mitchell need only report back to the Commission should there be a discrepancy in the understanding of the section. Ms. Mitchell went over changes that must be adopted in the Code and other provisions that may be adopted. The Commission asked Ms. Weschler to draft the changes to the forms and email them to the Commission to review. If there were any problems with the drafts Ms. Weschler would schedule a meeting next week to go over.
With no further business Mr. Fitzgerald made motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:30 p.m., seconded by Mr. Collins, seconded by Mr. Fitzgerald, unanimously carried.
Melody Weschler, Clerk