Town of Forest Heights, MD
Prince Georges County
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Section 12.1 Anti-Corruption Act; violations and penalties.

A. 
No elected or appointed official shall knowingly or willfully violate or cause to be violated any provision of the Charter of the Town of Forest Heights or any of the ordinances of the Town of Forest Heights.
B. 
The Mayor shall see that this Article is enforced; and a majority vote of the full Town Council, less any vacancies then existing on the Council, shall be required to determine that a municipal infraction citation shall be issued and prosecuted against the Mayor.
C. 
Violation of this Article or any other ordinance duly enacted by the Town Council and in effect at the time of the violation by any person or entity shall be a municipal infraction as authorized by Article 23A, § 3 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and shall carry a fine established as the maximum permitted by state law unless the violation or penalty is otherwise declared to be a felony or a misdemeanor by state or municipal law or the fine for a municipal infraction is otherwise expressly set by ordinance or resolution authorized by ordinance to be a lesser amount. Furthermore, unless otherwise expressly stated in a duly enacted ordinance, a violation of any ordinance establishing a criminal misdemeanor as a penalty shall carry the maximum penalty, including fine and imprisonment, as permitted by Article 23A, § 3 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
[Amended 9-6-2011 by Ord. No. 14-11]
D. 
No Town official shall interfere or tamper with or allow to be interfered or tampered with the proper processing of ballots or any election data.
E. 
No contract shall be entered into with any entity or person having an established personal relationship with any sitting Town official. Furthermore, no contract shall be entered into with any entity whose principal has an established personal relationship with any sitting Town official. The limitations of this subsection may be waived by a supermajority vote of the full Council held during a public meeting. The term "established personal relationship" means related by blood, marriage, cohabitation, employment, or business partnership. For the purposes of this section a supermajority vote shall mean five or more votes.