WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council has approved a bill that reduces the number of political appointments the mayor can make, requires that appointees be well-qualified and makes nepotism illegal in district government.
The bill was prompted by complaints of nepotism and cronyism in Mayor Vincent Gray's administration and excessive salaries paid to some of Gray's top aides.
The council gave preliminary approval to the bill Tuesday unanimously, without debate.
The bill was prompted by a lengthy council probe of Gray's hiring practices that included testimony from Sulaimon Brown, a former mayoral candidate who was appointed by the mayor to a city job. Brown claims he was promised a job in the administration and paid by Gray campaign staffers in exchange for negative comments about then-Mayor Adrian Fenty during last year's campaign.