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Record No: CB 119254    Version: Council Bill No: CB 119254
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Ordinance No: Ord 125589
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the Ethics Code; amending Sections 4.16.030 and 4.16.070 of the Seattle Municipal Code; requiring elected officials to disclose financial interests in legislative matters prior to participating in those matters; and creating a limited exception to the requirement that elected officials disqualify themselves from participating in such matters.
Sponsors: Sally Bagshaw
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Proposed Amendment (added 5/15/18), 4. Proposed Amendment 1 (added 5/30/18), 5. Signed Ordinance 125589, 6. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the Ethics Code; amending Sections 4.16.030 and 4.16.070 of the Seattle Municipal Code; requiring elected officials to disclose financial interests in legislative matters prior to participating in those matters; and creating a limited exception to the requirement that elected officials disqualify themselves from participating in such matters.
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WHEREAS, in 2013 the City enacted a charter amendment to elect seven members of the City Council by district; and
WHEREAS, disqualifying a Councilmember from participating in a matter because of a conflict of interest may have the effect of denying residents of that Councilmember's district an equal voice in the City's lawmaking process; and
WHEREAS, the Ethics and Elections Commission recommended the adoption of a robust disclosure requirement for all elected officials in tandem with the elimination of the requirement that elected officials disqualify themselves from participating in legislative matters in which they have a financial interest; and
WHEREAS, this limited exception does not permit elected officials to participate in quasi-judicial proceedings in which they have a financial interest, or to participate in executive functions in which they have a financial interest; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 4.16.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 123264, is amended as follows:
4.16.030 Definitions ((.))
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated: ((.))
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"Immediate family," except for the purposes of ((section)) Section 4.16.080, means a spouse or domestic partner, child, child of a spouse or domestic partner, sibling, sibling of a spouse or domestic partner, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, parent, parent of a spouse or domestic partner, a person for whom the Covered Individual is a ...

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