Legal opinion records, 1979-2011

Massachusetts State Ethics Commission


125 cubic ft. (100 record center cartons).
Arranged in four subseries: (1) Formal opinions (2) Informal opinions (3) Municipal opinions (4) Telephone logs; arranged within each subseries by case no./chronologically.
The State Ethics Commission, formed in 1978 to interpret and enforce conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws for government employees in Massachusetts, may, on written request from a person subject to MGLA c 268A-B, render advisory opinions on the applicability of these laws (MGLA c 268B, s 3(g)). Such an opinion shall be a defense in any criminal action brought under these chapters and shall be binding on the commission in any subsequent related proceedings. The commission also reviews opinions of corporation counsel, city solicitor, or town counsel on questions relating to municipal employees under MGLA c 268A (see s 22), per the commission's municipal advisory opinion regulation.
Series includes cover sheets, opinions, ancillary legal files, and correspondence.
Boxes 1-27 Formals; 28-29 EC-FD formals; 30-89 Informals; 90-98 Municipals; 99-100 Telephone logs.
Restricted series: Legal opinions are considered confidential when requested, although resulting opinions may be published by the commission with all identifying information removed. Municipal opinions are similarly treated.
Folder lists (restricted).
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0015-A/(OCoLC)145429215 outlines the history and functions of the State Ethics Commission.

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