WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) sent a letter to her colleagues urging them to not support any emergency legislation on ethics reform that may be introduced during Tuesday's council session, Washington City Paper Loose Lips reports. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) has said the D.C. government, and the council itself, is in an ethics crisis and it's necessary to take action sooner rather than later. He's planning on introducing emergency ethics legislation.
Bowser, who chairs the Government Operations Committee, is wrangling nine ethics-related bills into a comprehensive legislative package that D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has said he would like wrapped up by the end of the year. As Washington City Paper's Loose Lips writes, while Orange is supportive of Bowser's efforts, he insists that his proposed ethics task force, led by the D.C. attorney general is the way to go.
Two Fridays ago on WAMU-FM's "Politics Hour," Bowser said: "We have a lot a ethics rules and regulations on the books. A lot of the things that people are concerned about -- whether these allegations of election fraud, or campaign-finance irregularities, or if someone misused money -- these are things that are against the law. We don't need a transformation of the law to address these things … What we need is enforcement of the law."
Loose Lips has called Orange the "biggest grandstander" on the ethics and his "efforts to position himself as Vince the Uncorruptible leave Wilson Building types snickering."
UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: Orange's emergency legislation failed a council vote, 12-1.
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