Ethics Commission Seeks Comment on Proposed Revisions to Enforcement Procedures

The Ethics Commission is considering revising its Enforcement Procedures to reflect changes in organization since the Procedures were last revised and the Commission’s current practices in Enforcement matters.  The proposed revised Enforcement Procedures are linked below in two formats.  One version shows the current version with proposed changes underlined (new material) or struck out (omitted material); the other version has all the proposed versions accepted.

Comments on the proposed revised procedures will be accepted until Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and may be provided to Kelly Downes, Enforcement Division Chief, at Kelly.Downes@state.ma.us. or Deirdre Roney, General Counsel, at Deirdre.Roney@state.ma.us.

Draft Revised Enforcement Procedures with changes highlighted 1-8-16  docx format of Draft Rev Enf Proced with changes highlighted 1-8-16

Draft Revised Enforcement Procedures 1-8-16  docx format of Draft Revised Enforcement Procedures 1-8-16

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