Massachusetts law about ethics

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Massachusetts State Ethics Commission
The State Ethics Commission is an independent state agency that administers and enforces the provisions of the conflict of interest law and financial disclosure law.

Massachusetts laws

MGL c.268A Conflict of interest law
MGL c.268B Financial disclosure law

Massachusetts regulations

930 CMR State Ethics Commission regulations

Massachusetts ethics rules

Massachusetts ethics rulings: decisions, advisories, and opinions

Clerks' ethics chronological index of opinions, Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of the Courts.
Advisory opinions to Clerks, Registers and their assistants, with respect to the rules of court that govern the ethical and professional conduct of clerks. See also: Clerks' ethics subject index of opinions.

Ethics Commission advisories 
These advisories organized by subject summarize prior Commission precedent and provide examples of how the conflict law applies to public employees.

Ethics Commission public enforcement cases and decisions
State Ethics Commission enforcement matters by subject area and specify individuals and businesses.

Ethics Commission legal opinions
Legal opinions issued by the Ethics Commission regarding the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws. These opinions organized by subject deal with specific circumstances, but do not name individuals involved.

Mass. Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics opinions 
Opinions published since 1973.

Web sources

Complete conflict of interest law education requirements, State Ethics Commission.
Everything you need to know about the conflict of interest law for state and municipal employees.

Conflict of Interest Law education and training guidelines, State Ethics Commission.
Links to everything you need to know about training requirements, including summaries of the law to be distributed to employees.

Ethics Commission rulings, State Ethics Commission.
Rulings include enforcement decisions, advisories, and opinions issued by the Commission in during the calendar year.

File or view conflict of interest disclosure formsState Ethics Commission.
File a disclosure form as a state, county or municipal employee, or view disclosure forms, which are public records.

Frequently asked ethical questions, Mass. Board of Bar Overseers.
Ethical questions which confront attorneys.

Online Conflict of Interest Law training 
Public employees hired after April 2, 2010 must complete this training within 30 days of beginning public service, and every 2 years thereafter. Includes programs for municipal, state, and county employees.

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Last updated: January 19, 2023

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