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.

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1 Ashburton Place, 6th floor, Room 619, Boston, MA 02108


Open M-F 9am-5pm


Legal Division (617) 723-5851
Enforcement Division (617) 723-4086

Who we serve

The State Ethics Commission serves the public by fostering integrity in government. The independent agency provides free advice to all public employees on the conflict of interest law, and civilly enforces this law. You can contact the Commission to obtain legal advice, file a complaint, obtain a statement of financial interest or conflict of interest law disclosure form, or complete statutory conflict of interest law requirements.

State Ethics Commission issues new advisory on gifts

The State Ethics Commission has issued a new advisory, Advisory 19-1:  Gifts and Gratuities. The new advisory, which replaces Advisory 04-02, provides general guidance regarding restrictions the conflict of interest law places on gifts given to state, county, and municipal employees. Advisory 19-1: Gifts and Gratuities presents information in an updated format, including an extensive list of frequently asked questions. The advisory also includes new guidance regarding crowdsourced fundraisers, public employee discounts, complimentary meals, and gifts from lobbyists. The new advisory is available by clicking here.

SFI forms available for candidates in upcoming special elections 

All candidates in the upcoming special elections in the Plymouth and Barnstable Senate District, Second Hampden and Hampshire Senate District, Thirty-Seventh Middlesex Representative District, and Third Bristol Representative District are required by the financial disclosure law to file a 2019 Statement of Financial Interests (SFI) with the State Ethics Commission. Candidates may obtain SFI forms here.

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