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Newark City Council Considers Tougher Pay-to-Play Rules

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The Newark City Council introduced a new measure today to toughen pay-to-play restrictions for developers.

The proposed ordinance, sponsored by West Ward Councilman Ron Rice, would prohibit developers from donating to politicians, political parties, and political action committees from the time a worksite is identified to the time a contract is awarded.

Citizens' Campaign spokesperson Heather Taylor supports the measure. She says the ordinance would help "continue Newark's growing rennaisance." Taylor adds that the ordinance would ensure "these decisions are made with the people's interest [in mind], and not the developer's."

There will be a public hearing on the proposal on Nov. 23.