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May 11, 2014 12:13 PM by AP

Mandeville mayor won't sign ethics ordinance

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - An ordinance approved by the Mandeville City Council last month that requires bidders vying for city contracts to disclose campaign contributions they have made to municipal officials will become law without the signature of Mayor Donald Villere, who says the initiative is confusing.

The mayor, who was first elected in 2010, tells Nola.comThe Times Picayune it's the first time he has declined to sign an ordinance into law.

The law requires those submitting proposals to provide services for the city to simultaneously submit an affidavit disclosing contributions they have made to the mayor or to any council member in excess of $200 over the last four years, as well as any debts owed to elected officials in the city government. The same information would also be required of subcontractors.

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