ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to censure a Prince George’s county 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.

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

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Brian Witte

Associated Press