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Maryland crafts legislation targeting presidential tax return

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A Maryland bill that would require all future presidential candidates to release their tax returns passsed the Maryland Senate last week, taking aim at President Trump. 

The Presidential Candidate Tax Transparency Act – which passed the state Senate last week 28-17 – would make Maryland the first state to require future presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a condition of appearing on the ballot, so as to let voters evaluate any potential conflicts of interest.

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Congress struggles to be more HONEST about transparency

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CAPITOL HILL – Republicans in Congress are having a second go at a measure they say will increase transparency of federal environmental regulations.

On March 29, the House of Representatives voted 228-194 to pass the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act (HONEST Act), which prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing an action, including a new regulation, unless the scientific and technical information used to make that decision is “the best available science; specifically identified; and publicly available online in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results.”

Both Maryland Reps. Anthony Brown (D-4) and Steny Hoyer (D-5) voted against the measure.

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Moco Police announce procedural changes after new law

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police announced policy and procedural changes Nov. 23 after the Police Reform Bill (HB1016) took effect on Oct 1.

HB1016 is intended to increase transparency and accountability within all law enforcement agencies across Maryland.

“I think it’s important that people know police can be held accountable for misdeeds when that happens,” said Thomas Nephew, a co-founder of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.

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With County Council away fiercely contested collective bargaining transparency bill waits in limbo

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After initially co-sponsoring a bill to bring transparency to the collective bargaining process, Council member Craig Rice (D-2) has changed his mind and has removed his name from the bill.

Expedited bill 24-16, sponsored by Council President Nancy Floreen (D-at-large), to bring transparency to the collective bargaining process proposes that that the County and unions disclose their initial positions before they collectively bargain, and will set up a three-person arbitration panel chaired by a retired judge.

The bill, which is fiercely opposed by union leaders, is in doubt as it awaits the council Government Operations and Fiscal Policy committee, when the council resumes in September.

“I feel confident that we got it contained,” said Gino Renne, president of the Municipal and County Government Employees Organization (MCGEO).

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Transparency Watch: Metro problems and Council accolades

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Transparency Watch

Each week The Sentinel staff will compile and report on the problems and promises of local, state and federal government officials as they provide us with public information.
We offer "Walls" to those who throw up roadblocks and "Windows to those who readily provide access.

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*Metro spokesperson Richard Jordan said he might not be able to provide additional information on the special rail inspections because the derailment investigation was ongoing. The spokesperson asked the reporter to write the investigation and inspection questions in an email but did not reply as of Wednesday morning.

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County weighs in on police body cameras

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GERMANTOWN – For over a decade, Linda Plummer has campaigned on transparency in policing.

As President of the Montgomery County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Plummer was glad to see that her campaign for police to wear body cameras has come to fruition in Montgomery County.

“So this has leveled itself out over the years, but we, the NAACP, were the ones who began speaking about body cameras,” Plummer said.

The national conversation over community-police relations was reignited this month after videos of police using lethal force in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn. went viral.

“Social media has really opened up our eyes to the some of the crises going on really,” Plummer said.

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Transparency Watch: DNC, DOJ blocks and transit praise

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Transparency Watch

Each week The Sentinel staff will compile and report on the problems and promises of local, state and federal government officials as they provide us with public information.
We offer "Walls" to those who throw up roadblocks and "Windows to those who readily provide access.

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*FBI Terrorist Screening Center spokesperson David Joly declined an interview request on behalf of Diane Kelleher, assistant director for the federal programs branch of the Department of Justice, regarding the terror screening database.

The DOJ nor the FBI will not be able to accept your request for an interview,” said Joly in an email to a reporter in reply to an interview request to Kelleher.

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Letters to the Editor published June 30, 2016

Privilege, Power and the Government

 

To the editor;

I wholeheartedly agree with your editorial about the lack of transparency in Government. It seems the mentality of Politicians and government public servants is that they have 'won the lottery' of privilege and power and they are now somehow 'above' being responsive and accountable to the public. Instead it is a privilege to serve, and if they fall this far short they should be removed from their position and replaced by someone (much) better. There are many, many more competent folks out there who are ready and more able to do a good job.

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