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Democrats shelve GOP ethics proposal

July 21, 2011

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The House of Representatives has decided against taking action on a GOP-sponsored ethics proposal, choosing instead to send the measure to a committee for study. The proposal calls for the restructuring of the ethics committee, requires lobbyist to wear badges, and bans lawmakers from discussing pending contracts with state agencies. Representative Bradley H. Jones Jr., Republican of North Reading and the minority leader, said yesterday that he is disappointed that Democratic leaders chose not to consider the plan. He said the measure is necessary, citing the conviction of the past three House speakers on corruption charges. Representative John J. Binienda, Democrat of Worcester and a member of the House Rules Committee, said lawmakers have introduced changes to resolve the problem. (AP)