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D.C. Council's big ethics reform bill expected out Friday

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Local,Capital Land,DC,Liz Farmer

The D.C. Council's highly anticipated ethics reform bill is expected to post online Friday afternoon, a city hall staffer told The Washington Examiner.

The bill is expected to propose new mandates for city officials and employees and new sanctions for violations. The legislation comes after five of the 13 council members and Mayor Vincent Gray are facing questions for alleged ethical lapses.

The Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, was tasked with merging nine proposed ethics bills into one compehensive reform bill. That committee held hearings on those bills on Oct. 26. The committee is trying to schedule a hearing on the reform bill for Nov. 30.

 Federal investigations are underway against Councilman Harry Thomas Jr., and the campaigns of Gray and Council Chair Kwame Brown.

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