CALL TO ACTION Support Compliance with State Law and Ethical Behavior In Local Government
TO DO NOW
1). Sign the VOCAL Carroll County petition and support the efforts to urge County Compliance to the Law. https://www.change.org/p/vocal-carroll-county-demand-that-the-board-of-carroll-county-commissioners-comply-with-ethics-law?recruiter=11731981&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition
2). Share this petition via Facebook, Twitter, and email with your friends and family who reside in Carroll County. And urge them to sign and share with their friends as well.
3). Write to your County Commissioners and let them know this issue matters to you, and you want them to comply with existing State Ethics Laws.
Reach all County Commissioners with one email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR for individual Commissioner email address go to this County Government page and click on your District Commissioner’s picture for direct communication: http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/commiss/Meet.aspx
4). Plan to attend the Public Hearing to give direct input and comment to this ordinance. This meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm; in Room 003 of the county office building at 225 N Center Street in Westminster, MD. (*Note*: other/additional opportunities to speak to the commissioners will continue at regular board meetings. You can continue to speak to this issue until Public Hearing and comment is officially closed. However, your best opportunity to physically speak to the commissioners about this issue will be at the Public Hearing. A healthy turnout of voter constituency at that time will speak volumes as well)
BACKGROUND “Carroll is now the ONLY county in Maryland that has not passed an ethics ordinance that complies with state law passed in 2010.”——— from VOCAL Carroll County’s petition explanation.
As the research and VOCAL’s petition states: “In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly crossed political divides to unanimously pass an ethics law that required all jurisdictions to enact local ordinances that are at least as strict as those required of state officials. In 2018, after 8 years of non-compliance, the Board of County Commissioners finally rescheduled a Public Hearing on a newly revised ethics ordinance at VOCAL's urging.”
Specifically, this petition tells County Board of Commissioners that the citizens demand action. After 8 years of delay, we need transparency and the ability to hold elected and appointed officials to higher standards of ethical behavior. We want conflicts of interest and as stated by law, the appearance of conflicts of interest to decrease.
VOCAL Carroll County Resource Page and affiliated Ethics information: https://vocalcarrollcounty.wordpress.com/resources/
Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/vocal-carroll-county-demand-that-the-board-of-carroll-county-commissioners-comply-with-ethics-law?recruiter=11731981&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition
Current Carroll County Draft Ordinance http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/attorney/ordinance/Proposed/2018-Ch34-Ordinance-Ethics.pdf?x=1517687594310
Credit for this CTA goes to members of VOCAL Carroll County for their submission.