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§ 5-202. Membership

West's Annotated Code of MarylandGeneral ProvisionsEffective: October 1, 2014

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
General Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Maryland Public Ethics Law (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. State Ethics Commission (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2014
MD Code, General Provisions, § 5-202
Formerly cited as MD CODE, SG, § 15-202
§ 5-202. Membership
Composition; appointment of members
(a)(1) The Ethics Commission consists of five members.
(2) The Governor shall appoint:
(i) with the advice and consent of the Senate, three members, at least one of whom shall be a member of the principal political party of which the Governor is not a member;
(ii) one member nominated by the President of the Senate; and
(iii) one member nominated by the Speaker of the House.
(3) The Governor may reject a nominee of the President or of the Speaker only for cause.
(4) If the Governor rejects a nominee under paragraph (3) of this subsection, the appropriate presiding officer shall nominate another individual.
(5) A vacancy shall be filled in a manner consistent with this subsection.
Qualifications of members
(b) A member of the Ethics Commission may not:
(1) hold elected or appointed office in, be an employee of, or be a candidate for office in:
(i) the federal government;
(ii) the State government;
(iii) a municipal corporation, county, or multicounty agency of the State; or
(iv) a political party; or
(2) be a regulated lobbyist.
(c) Before taking office, each appointee to the Ethics Commission shall take the oath required by Article I, § 9 of the Maryland Constitution.
Tenure; vacancies
(d)(1) The term of a member is 5 years.
(2) The terms of members are staggered as required by the terms in effect for members of the Ethics Commission on October 1, 2013.
(3) A member may serve no more than two consecutive 5-year terms.
(4) A member who is appointed after a term has begun serves for the rest of the term.
(5) At the end of a term, a member may continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
(e)(1) The Governor may remove a member for:
(i) neglect of duty;
(ii) misconduct in office;
(iii) a disability that makes the member unable to discharge the powers and duties of office; or
(iv) a violation of this title.
(2) Before removing a member, the Governor shall give the member:
(i) written notice of the charges; and
(ii) an opportunity to answer the charges.


Added by Acts 2014, c. 94, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2014.
MD Code, General Provisions, § 5-202, MD GEN PROVIS § 5-202
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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