Laurel Ethics Commission

Approved Revisions

Ordinance No. 2013, Chapter 2, Administration, Article IV, Revisions to Laurel Ethics Law: 

Ordinance No. 2013: Laurel City Code Chapter 2, ADMIN, ART. IV PUBLIC ETHICS SECTIONS, 2-53 "DEFINITIONS" 2-54 "ADMINISTRATION" 2-55 "PROHIBITED CONDUCT AND INTERESTS" 2- 56 "FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE-ELECTED, APPOINTED OFFICIALS, 2-59 ENFORCEMENT...

Municode: https://library.municode.com/md/laurel/codes/code_of_ordinances

Meetings

  • Meets annually to review Financial Disclosure Statements and whenever an ethics issue is brought to the attention of the Commission.
  • 6:00pm
  • Joseph R. Robison Laurel Municipal Center                                                                                          8103 Sandy Spring Road                                                                                                                     Laurel, MD  20707

***Note: Meetings can be held either in-person or via Zoom.***

Agendas & Minutes

View the Clerk's Meeting Agendas and Minutes page for information on how to access current and archived meeting documents.

Overview

History

The City of Laurel Ethics Commission was created and established by Ordinance 1249 and passed by the Mayor and City Council in February 1998. In April 2010, the Mayor and City Council revised and adopted changes in the Ethics Commission in Article IV, 2-51 - 2-72 through Ordinance 1674, and on August 23, 2011, the Ethics Commission passed Ordinance 1722 to align in accordance with the new State Ethics Regulations passed in 2011. Ordinance 1936, Ordinance 1937, and Ordinance 1938 were passed in 2019, to clarify the requirements regarding the filing of Financial Disclosure Statements. The Commission is made up of five citizen members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Chair of the Commission is elected annually by members of the Commission.

Authority

The Commission is charged with investigating ethics violations within the City and ensuring that all elected and appointed City officials, and all City employees, act in the best interests of the City in the performance of their official duties, and to foster a high level of trust and confidence in the citizenry with regard to the functioning of the City government.

View the Ethics Commission - Rules of Procedures (PDF).

2023 Financial Disclosure Forms


2022 Financial Disclosure Statements and Instructions

Financial Disclosure Statements for 2022 must be printed, filled out, and returned to the Laurel Municipal Center no later than April 30. Fines will be enforced for those Financial Disclosure forms that are turned in late.  

Advisory Opinions Issued by the Laurel Ethics Commission

Copies of all Advisory Opinions issued by the Laurel Ethics Commission (with identifying names deleted) are provided below:

Ethics Hearings Decisions Issued by the Laurel Ethics Commission

Copies of Decisions resulting from public final hearings on alleged Ethics Ordinance Complaints are provided below:

Lobbyist Vendor Applications

Lobbyist Lists and Reports

Other Resources

Office of the City Administrator