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The Los Angeles City Council’s Rules Committee advanced a motion on Sept. 23 co-introduced by Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, to raise the recusal requirement standard for City Council members.
The motion, which highlights the recusal standard used by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, would expand the type of conflicts requiring city officials to recuse themselves from taking action or casting votes.
“It is incumbent on this City Council to go above and beyond in its measures of transparency and accountability,” Ryu said. “This legislation would give Los Angeles the highest recusal standard of any city in the nation, and the people of Los Angeles deserve nothing less. I look forward to seeing this legislation, as well as the many other anti-corruption measures I have been fighting for, become law.”
The Rules Committee also approved a motion to require that meetings between developers and council members be disclosed to the public, something Ryu has done since entering office in 2015.
Ryu is the only Los Angeles City Council member to refuse donations from real-estate developers since entering office, a standard he successfully made law last year. Ryu also recently put forth further anti-corruption legislation, including a motion seeking to establish an Inspector General’s Office, which was recently approved in City Council.
The motion next heads to City Council for a full vote.
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