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SECTION 808
Boards of ethics
General Municipal (GMU) CHAPTER 24, ARTICLE 18
§ 808. Boards of ethics. 1. The governing body of any county may
establish a county board of ethics and appropriate moneys for
maintenance and personal services in connection therewith. The members
of such board of ethics shall be appointed by such governing body except
in the case of a county operating under an optional or alternative form
of county government or county charter, in which case the members shall
be appointed by the county executive or county manager, as the case may
be, subject to confirmation by such governing body. Such board of ethics
shall consist of at least three members, a majority of whom shall not be
officers or employees of such county or municipalities wholly or
partially located in such county and at least one of whom shall be an
elected or appointed officer or employee of the county or a municipality
located within such county. The members of such board shall receive no
salary or compensation for their services as members of such board and
shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

2. The board shall render advisory opinions to officers and employees
of municipalities wholly or partly within the county with respect to
this article and any code of ethics adopted pursuant hereto. Such
advisory opinions shall be rendered pursuant to the written request of
any such officer or employee under such rules and regulations as the
board may prescribe and shall have the advice of counsel employed by the
board, or if none, the county attorney. In addition, it may make
recommendations with respect to the drafting and adoption of a code of
ethics or amendments thereto upon the request of the governing body of
any municipality in the county.

3. The governing body of any municipality other than a county may
establish a local board of ethics and, where such governing body is so
authorized, appropriate moneys for maintenance and personal services in
connection therewith. A local board shall have all the powers and duties
of and shall be governed by the same conditions as a county board of
ethics, except that it shall act only with respect to officers and
employees of the municipality that has established such board or of its
agencies. The members of a local board shall be appointed by such person
or body as may be designated by the governing body of the municipality
to serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and such board
shall consist of at least three members, a majority of whom are not
otherwise officers or employees of such municipality. Such board shall
include at least one member who is an elected or appointed municipal
officer or employee.

4. The county board of ethics shall not act with respect to the
officers and employees of any municipality located within such county or
agency thereof, where such municipality has established its own board of
ethics, except that the local board may at its option refer matters to
the county board.

5. A board of ethics of a political subdivision (as defined in section
eight hundred ten of this article) and of any other municipality, which
is required by local law, ordinance or resolution to be, or which
pursuant to legal authority, in practice is, the repository for
completed annual statements of financial disclosure shall file a
statement with the clerk of its municipality, that it is the authorized
repository for completed annual statements of financial disclosure.