After Bartlett, tighter rules for lawmaker lodgings?
Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch is calling for tighter rules on lodging expenses for lawmakers after a Western Maryland delegate was found to be using taxpayer money to pay rent to his girlfriend, the Capital of Annapolis reports.
Frederick County Republican Joseph Bartlett, the son once seen as the political heir of Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, decided against running for a fourth term after it was revealed that he had spent more than $30,000 in public funds since 2007 to rent space in his girlfriend's house.
Busch, an Annapolis Democrat, told The Capital that legislative and ethics officials should review lodging regulations to see if there is a way to tighten them up.
"We can have a discussion about how to avoid this," he said.