Ulysses Currie censure vote

Ulysses Currie (Photo: Brad Bell)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to censure a state senator who failed to disclose work for a grocery store chain.

The Senate voted 47-0 on Friday to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie. The recommendation was made by the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics.

The panel determined Currie used his position on a powerful committee for his own private gain and Shoppers Food Warehouse.

The Prince George's County Democrat was acquitted last year of all charges in a federal bribery case.

The case focused on more than $245,000 in payments he received from Shoppers between 2003 and 2008, when he chaired the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Currie was found not guilty of corruption last November.

The Senate has not voted on sanctions against a lawmaker since the expulsion of Baltimore Democrat Larry Young in 1998.