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Ethics Reform Law Signed For Prince George's County

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (front, third from left) speaks with Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker (back row) before he signs an ethics reform law for the county in April. Baker is working to implement ethics reforms through his own task force.
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (front, third from left) speaks with Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker (back row) before he signs an ethics reform law for the county in April. Baker is working to implement ethics reforms through his own task force.

County Executive Rushern Baker pushed for the reforms when he successfully ran for the office last year. He says the state's actions will help a county that has long been tainted by scandals involving developers and public officials.

It limits the amount of people within county government that can receive a county-issued credit card.

"It also limits contributions when there are development projects before the County Council and the county executive," Baker says. "But the most important part of that is that it sends a clear signal if you want to do a deal in Prince George's County, it's about transparency, and it's about fairness."

Baker says his county made out well during the General Assembly session, as Prince George's County will receive a large share of the money to be raised for school construction that will come from hiking the state's alcohol tax.

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