Article - General Provisions
(a) Except as otherwise
provided in this subtitle, a statement filed under § 5–601, §
5–603, § 5–604, or § 5–605 of this subtitle
(1) be filed electronically
with the Ethics Commission;
(2) be filed under
(3) be filed on
or before April 30 of each year;
(4) cover the calendar
year immediately preceding the year of filing; and
(5) contain the
information required in § 5–607 of this subtitle.
(b) A member of
the General Assembly shall file the statement with the Ethics Commission
and the Joint Ethics Committee.
(c) (1) In
addition to the statement filed under § 5–601 of this subtitle,
a member of the General Assembly shall file a preliminary disclosure
on or before the seventh day of the regular legislative session if
there will be a substantial change in the statement covering the calendar
year immediately preceding the year of filing, as compared to the
next preceding calendar year.
(2) A member of
the General Assembly whose statement under § 5–601 of this
subtitle will not contain a substantial change is not required to
file a preliminary disclosure under paragraph (1) of this subsection.
(3) The Joint Ethics
Committee shall determine:
(i) the form of
a preliminary disclosure under this subsection; and
(ii) which aspects
of financial disclosure are subject to this subsection.
(4) A preliminary
disclosure shall be filed and maintained, and may be disclosed, in
the same manner required for a statement filed under § 5–601
of this subtitle.
(d) (1) The
Ethics Commission shall develop and implement procedures:
(i) for the electronic
filing of a statement under this subtitle; and
(ii) for the Ethics
Commission to grant an exemption to the requirement under subsection
(a)(1) of this section.
(2) (i) To
comply with the requirement of paragraph (1) of this subsection, the
Ethics Commission may adopt regulations to modify the format for disclosure
of information required under § 5–607 of this subtitle.
(ii) The regulations
adopted under this paragraph shall be consistent with the intent of
(e) (1) If
the financial disclosure statement filed electronically under subsection
(d) of this section is required to be made under oath or affirmation,
the oath or affirmation shall be made by an electronic signature that
(i) in the financial
disclosure statement or attached to and made part of the financial
disclosure statement; and
(ii) made expressly
under the penalties for perjury.
(2) An electronic
signature made under paragraph (1) of this subsection subjects the
individual making it to the penalties for perjury to the same extent
as an oath or affirmation made before an individual authorized to