State government ethics review ends with a thud

A half-year-long effort to improve ethics in Massachusetts state and local government has ended with lackluster results amounting to little more than a report with some recommendations including “continued study” by legislative committees.

It’s a far cry from the sense of purpose exhibited by the Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government’s first meeting in January.

“The commission is honored to assist in the important work that will be done by this task force,” state Ethics Commission member David Wilson said at the hearing.

The 13-member panel included six lawmakers. Their job is to review all of the state’s ethics laws.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, attended the first meeting.

“I just wanted to thank you for taking apart, taking the time to tackle a project that is really important to us,” he told the panel. “I think in…

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