WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Approves Ethics Bill

Harry Thomas Jr. present, quiet

Harry Thomas Jr. was present for the D.C. Council's vote on the ethics bill Tuesday, but did not comment.
Patrick Madden
Harry Thomas Jr. was present for the D.C. Council's vote on the ethics bill Tuesday, but did not comment.


The D.C. Council has granted preliminary approval to a broad package of ethics reforms today. The bill, which was approved by a unanimous voice vote, would restrict political spending, would require more disclosure, would allow the expulsion of a councilmember who is convicted of a felony, and would create an ethics board to fine violators.

There was talk that Council member Harry Thomas Jr., whose home was raided Friday by federal agents investigating his alleged diversion of city funds for personal use, would be asked to take a leave of absence. He was, however, present and voted for the measure. He did not comment on it. 

Several amendments that would have strengthened the bill were either withdrawn or voted down. Council members pledged to work on possible changes before it comes up for a final vote in two weeks. Council Chair Kwame Brown has promised to have a completed ethics bill before the end of the year.

District voters would have to vote on certain parts of the proposal.



ABC Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

ABC will air "It's Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown" Monday night. On the classic Christmas cartoon's golden anniversary, NPR explores what makes this ageless special endure.

L.A.'s Top Restaurant Charts New Waters In Sustainable Seafood

Providence is widely considered the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Its award-winning chef, Michael Cimarusti, is piloting Dock to Dish, a program that hooks chefs up directly with local fishermen.
WAMU 88.5

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.