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A D.C. Council Committee held a hearing on new legislation that would overhaul the D.C. government's ethics rules.

D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan testified Monday that the draft legislation had "major flaws" and criticized the bill's push for the creation of an Office of Government Accountability.

Instead, he wants to see tougher, tighter rules governing ethical matters. He says his office should have stronger subpoena power.

Local activist and government watchdog Dorothy Brizil called the proposed measure a "toothless, piecemeal approach."

All of the witnesses praised the push for an ethics overhaul, and Mary Cheh, the council member in charge of the committee, said as the hearing got underway that this was just a first step. She said changes will be made, and it will be awhile before the an ethics reform bill makes it way to the council for a full vote.

Meanwhile, the newest member of the D.C. Council, Vincent Orange, announced he would introduce his own ethics bill at Tuesday's legislative session.

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