Princess Anne Ethics Exemption Request Turned Down by State

Jun 29, 2012

Princess Anne officials will not be exempted from a new state ethics law.

Maryland’s State Ethics Commission denied a request from city officials…who has asked for the exemption saying that the new rules could deter residents from running for elected office or agreeing to serve on an appointed board.

Town Commission President Garland Hayward told the Salisbury Daily Times that the decision was not unexpected since the state panel had not granted exemptions to towns above a certain population size.

Under the new state rules candidates for office must disclose financial information about themselves their spouse and any children living at home who have incomes.

There are also certain disclosure requirements for town department heads and members of appointed boards.

State officials did agree to exempt Princess Anne from requirements for lobbyists.