- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 16, 2012

ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics recommended Thursday that the Senate censure Sen. Ulysses Currie, who failed to report nearly $250,000 he received from a grocery chain.

The recommended came in the form of a resolution disapproving of actions by Mr. Currie and banning the Prince George’s Democrat from future leadership roles in the chamber or his party. It also requests he “consider” making a public apology.

The Senate is expected to vote Friday on the recommendations.

Mr. Currie was acquitted last year on charges that he received $245,000 from Lanham-based Shoppers Food Warehouse in exchange for political influence.

He reported the income on tax returns and insisted it was pay for a legitimate consulting job with the grocer.

Mr. Currie said it was an honest mistake that he failed to report the income to the State Ethics Commission as a potential conflict of interest.

Mr. Currie has served in the Senate since 1995, but has wielded little influence since he was indicted in 2010. That year, he resigned as chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee — a role he held from 2002 to 2010.