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With details of Mayor Nutter's budget now out in the open, City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco preceded the mayor's budget address today with a surprise - a package of ethics reforms bound to set off a debate throughout City Hall.
The bills would require registration of lobbyists; address post-campaign political contributions to inauguration and transition committees; formally establish in the City Charter the Office of Inspector General and redefine its duties; and allow city employees to participate in political activity outside of work.
The Democratic Majority Leader's bills become instant competition for Republican Frank Rizzo's six ethics bills that were introduced in 2008 and have stalled. Rizzo's bills addressed nepotism, gift-giving, outside employment and lobbying registration.
The bill to allow political activity would require a referendum changing the Home Rule Charter, and is sure to run up against Mayor Nutter, who has staked his position against such a change.
The bills will be scheduled for hearings.