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Baltimore County Ethics Commission
Historic Courthouse, Room 219
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-5904
Fax: 410-296-0931
Email: ethicscommission@baltimorecountymd.gov

The Ethics Commission is tasked with administering the Public Ethics Laws which promote public’s trust in government and ensuring the impartiality of public employees in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities. The Commission also gives ethics advice, issues advisory opinions, and provides ethics and lobbyist training. View Section 3-3-10 of the Baltimore County Code regarding the Ethics Commission.

COVID-19 Donations 

Review the details for the financial (PDF) and in-kind (PDF) COVID-19 donations received by the County. Read Opinion 20-01 (PDF), which allows public officials to solicit donations for COVID-19.

Meetings

The Commission is required to meet regularly, at least 10 times each year, and when required by the chairman or a majority of the members of the Commission (Section 3-3-1004, Baltimore County Code, 2015). Except as otherwise noted, the Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. The Commission does not usually meet in July and December.

When the Commission is discussing certain matters, including, but not limited to, review of financial disclosure statements, an Advisory Opinion or a Complaint, it is engaging in an “administrative function,” which is defined under the state Open Meetings Act as “the administration of ... a law of a political subdivision of the state.” Section 3-101(b) of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (GP). The Open Meetings Act “does not apply to … a public body when it is carrying out … an administrative function.” GP Section 3-103(a)(1)(i). The Commission may recess and close an open session when it engages in an administrative function.

2020 

DateTimeLocationMeeting Documents
February 44:30 p.m.Historic Courthouse, Room 118, Towson, Maryland
March 34:30 p.m.Historic Courthouse, Room 118, Towson, Maryland
March 309 a.m.Conference call
May 51 p.m.Virtual
May 2910 a.m.Virtual
August 410 a.m.Virtual
October 610 a.m.Virtual
October 199:30 a.m.Virtual
November 109:30 a.m.Virtual

2019

DateMeeting Documents
February 5
March 5
April 2Cancelled.
May 7
June 4Cancelled.
August 6
September 3
October 1 Cancelled
November 5
December 3

Although a new member's term by Code begins on July 1, per Baltimore County Code § 3-3-103(b)(1), "At the end of a term, an elected or appointed member, director, or trustee of a board, commission, committee, panel or foundation established under this title continues to serve until a successor is appointed or elected and qualifies."

Decisions and Opinions

The Commission has the authority to issue decisions and advisory opinions on the application of the Ethics Code to circumstances described in a written request. The links on this page are PDFs that open in a new window. 

 
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