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November 19, 2013

Our view: Bill gives campaign law some teeth

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State Rep. Marcos Devers, D-Lawrence and an unsuccessful mayoral candidate against Lantigua in the preliminary election, told Vogler he was “humbled and honored” to stand before colleagues in the House to support the bill.

“I commend Diana, and I’m very proud to be a part of this,” Devers said.

“By passing a piece of legislation like this, it actually shows the commitment we have for ethics. We must be able to show our constituents and taxpayers of the commonwealth that elected officials must be held accountable so we can earn the public’s trust. There have to be rules and guidelines that make us a civilized society,” he said.

State Sen. Barry Finegold said he doesn’t expect any problems with the Senate passing DiZoglio’s bill. Finegold, D-Andover, is the Senate chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Election Laws.

“I think it’s common sense and something we should implement,” Finegold said.

“This is something that already applies to statewide elected officials. There’s definitely a need for consistency, and I think there is strong likelihood in the Senate that this will pass. We reported this favorably out of committee (Joint Legislative Committee on Election Laws). I don’t think we had any dissension among the members,” he said.

DiZoglio’s bill is a sorely needed piece of legislation, and we encourage the Senate to support its passage swiftly. Those who will not follow campaign finance reporting law deserve no place on our ballots.

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