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      D.C. Council to take up ethics reform bills

      WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is taking up nine bills intended to clean up the way it does business.

      A Council committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on ethics reform, which has been a key issue this year with several councilmembers facing criticism for ethical lapses.

      Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who chairs the committee, has said she plans to incorporate the bills into a comprehensive ethics reform proposal.

      Among the bills being considered are measures to tighten campaign finance reporting requirements; ban lobbyists from contributing to elected officials or giving them discounted legal representation; establish term limits for councilmembers; and bar councilmembers from holding outside jobs.