Dave Solomon’s State House Dome: Financial disclosure bill faces first test
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This is the week we find out if there is any genuine desire among state lawmakers to put some teeth into an existing law that requires hundreds of upper-level state employees and commission appointees to file financial disclosure forms.
The law is routinely ignored with no consequences, so a database maintained by the Secretary of State’s office is inaccurate and out of date.
The law, known as Chapter 15-A Financial Disclosures, is designed to ensure that the performance of official duties “does not give rise to a conflict of interest” and states that anyone who is out of compliance cannot act on behalf of the state.