Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser has dropped her omnibus ethics bill, the next big step in the council’s effort to reform its naughty ways.
As expected, the attention-grabbing ideas — like term limits, restrictions on outside employment for councilmembers, and limits on campaign bundling—aren’t in the bill. But there are plenty of good ideas that would have an impact on the current state of affairs.
For instance, if Bowser’s bill were law today, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. would not have the possibility to raise money from unnamed donors to pay off his $300,000 settlement with the city. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown would not be able to pay his brother $4,000 from his transition fund without reporting it, and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans wouldn’t be able to use his constituent service fund to buy season tickets for the Nats.
The full proposal:
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