Md. Sen. Seeks To Put Financial Disclosures Online

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Sen. Jamie Raskin plans to introduce legislation next week that would require lawmakers and eventually thousands of government employees to file their financial disclosures electronically.

Raskin, a Democrat from Montgomery County, said Friday that the legislation would force senators and delegates to file their disclosure forms electronically by 2013, and require the state to post those filings on the Internet. By 2015, more than 10,000 other government employees who deal with public policy would also have to post their disclosure statements electronically.

Currently, people who want to review financial disclosure forms must visit the state ethics commission in Annapolis in person and present identification.

Details of the bill were created by a seven-member Senate panel that is reviewing state ethics laws.

Raskin plans to introduce the legislation Monday.

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