Lawmakers Weigh Call For Special Panel to Review Ethics Laws

State House - 2BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are weighing a proposal by House Speaker Robert DeLeo to create a special panel to review ethical guidelines for public officials in Massachusetts.

A legislative committee held a public hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse on the Winthrop Democrat’s resolution to create the 11-member Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government.

If approved, the task force would review the state’s conflict-of-interest and ethics rules, campaign finance disclosure laws and laws related to lobbyists.

Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Pam Wilmot says her group supports the bill. In particular, she says the state must revamp the statements of financial interest that are filled out by public officials. Wilmot said portions of the statements are outdated.

The resolution calls for the panel to report its findings by Dec. 23.