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Article - General Provisions


    (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.

    (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.

    (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.