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Ethics Board Wants To Update City Charter

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City officials are poised to revamp the guideline that covers how city workers can engage in political activities. The changes even include rules on when they can tweet.

The City Charter restricts city workers from taking part in political activities but for decades there’s been confusion about how those restrictions apply.  So the City Ethics board has come up a proposed set of guidelines on what city workers can and cannot do.

Shane Creamer is executive director of the Ethics Board.

“Its going to provide one-stop shopping for all city officials and employees, and clarification of the rules as well.”

And the new regulations will include do’s and don’ts on activities that were never envisioned in the Charter, like Facebook and Twitter.

“We include things like social media and blogs, for example.”

The Ethics Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed regulations on February 23rd.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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