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Spadola’s ethics bill tabled until Wilmington Council’s October meeting

From: Delaware Live!

A proposed ordinance to require Wilmington elected officials and city employees to participate in annual ethics training will not be heard until October.

The bill’s sponsor, Wilmington City Council member James Spadola, R-At Large, agreed to table the legislation during Thursday’s council meeting after he introduced a floor amendment to remove a section of the bill’s language.

The section he sought to remove included a provision that would have given the city’s ethics commission 90 days to review legislation relating to the ethics section of the city code and make recommendations to the council.

Spadola moved to amend his ordinance “based on a lot of feedback from council members,” he said during the meeting.

Councilwoman Michelle Harlee, D-4th District, said she was happy Spadola was willing to amend the ordinance.

“Ethics training, 100% I support, and I’m glad that we are implementing this as a requirement,” Harlee said. “But what I did not support, and what I did not agree with, was giving the Ethics Commission more autonomy and authority over this legislative body.” Read more