BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Council president and mayoral candidate Brandon Scott introduced new legislation on Monday that he said will close a loophole that allows elected officials to accept gifts from lobbyists.

Current ethics laws prohibit elected officials and their staff from accepting gifts from people they know are lobbyists; the legislation, introduced at Monday’s city council meeting, adds a provision that staff and elected officials cannot accept gifts from people they should reasonably know are lobbyists.

Scott said the new legislation closes a loophole and increases accountability which was a significant part of his legislative agenda.

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