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BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND ETHICS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING RECEIPT AND INTENT TO REVIEW INITIATIVE MEASURE
The Board of Elections and Ethics has scheduled a public hearing to determine whether the proposed "D.C. City Council Tenure, Salary, and Conflict of Interest Reform Act of 2000" as proposed by Luqman EI-Shabazz, is a proper subject matter for an initiative at the regular Board meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at 10:30a.m., One Judiciary Square, 441 411 Street. NW. Suite E80 Washington, DC.
The Board requests that written memoranda be submitted for the record no later than 4:00 n.m.. Friday. April 30. 1999 to the Board of Elections and Ethics. General Counsels Office. One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 270, Washington. D.C. 20001. Any individual or representative of an organization who wishes to present testimony at the public hearing is requested to furnish his or her name, address, telephone number. and name of the organization represented, if any, by calling the General Counsel's office on 727-2194 no later than Monday. May 3.1999.
"D.C. City Council Tenure, Salary, and Conflict of Interest"
In the interest of protecting the D.C. Citizens against any conflict of interests arrangements. lobbying, and business partnerships. between D.C. City Council Members and big business corporations: and in the interest of reducing unnecessary expenditures of monies of D.C. Taxpayers, with a view to balancing the D.C. budget. it shall be D.C. law to:
1. Prohibit D.C. City Council Members from receiving Full-time pay for Part-time employment.
2. Prohibit City Council Members seeking outside employment. or holding business ownerships that would compromise the honesty and integrity of said City Council Members.
To establish as D.C. Law. that D.C. City Council Members are prohibited by law. to receive FULL-TIME PAY for PART-TIME JOBS. D.C. City Council Members are further prohibited from seeking employment, corporate partnerships, or corporate ownerships, in order to protect the integrity of D.C. Budget in particular. and the integrity of the D.C. government in general.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE ELECTORS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT THIS ACT BE CITED AS THE "D.C. CITY COUNCIL TENURE, SALARY. AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST REFORM ACT OF 2000."
Sec. 2 Declaration of Law. In the interest of Preserving and defending the integrity of the D.C. Budget in particular. and the integrity of the D.C. government in general. it is by the electors declared that D.C. law shall:
1.) Restrict D.C. City Council Members from receiving FULL TIME PAY, for PART TIME JOBS. and performance of said jobs.
2.) Restrict D.C. City Council Members from working outside jobs, as lawyers and consultant for law firms, and other Big Business Corporations, who could petition or lobby these "Council Members on PAYROLL" for favorable legislation or contracts.
3.) Restrict the immediate family members of City Council members from working for law firms or Big Business Corporations, or serving on Boards of Directors, or Policy Councils, of any law firms or Corporation that could petition or lobby the City Council for contracts favorable legislation.
4) Restrict City Council Members from having Partnerships in law firms, or Business Corporations, or be owners of Big Business. such as Housing Projects, as such ownerships or partnerships would inspire the seeking of contracts or favorable legislations for personal gain.
Sec. 3 Severability. If any provisions of this act, or its application to any person or circumstances. is held invalid, the remainder of this Act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances. shall not be affected.
Sec. 4 Effective Date. This Act shall become effective no later than January, 2002.
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