The Conflict of Interest group, a sub-committee of the Committee of Precinct Chairs, met this week to have a conversation, by conference call, with the State Ethics Commission and Town Council. The focus was the distinction between state and town rulings on conflict of interest.
John Malloy, Chairs the Sub-Committee. He says the group benefited by the discussion.
“The important thing was that we found out that yes indeed that while the state law exempts municipal employees, it exempts them from state law, it doesn’t exempt them from such laws as the town may have passed which might be more restrictive than the state law.”
This led to a significant vote, 8 of 9 members agreeing to go forward:
“Most of us were comfortable that we had, in fact shown that the local bylaw had standing and could be worked on.”
Town meeting member Kevin Joyce told the committee about the concern that some municipal employees who also are also town meeting members, vote in their own financial interest.
“Anybody can run for town meeting, but I think if they have an article that affects them, helps them, benefits them, that they should recuse themselves.”