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In fighting tough ethics rule, Senate shows why it’s needed

The state Senate gave itself a black eye on Tuesday, demonstrating not just an obliviousness to ethical concerns but an aversion to open, transparent debate as well.

It came when Senator James Eldridge, Democrat of Acton, offered a perfectly reasonable amendment to forbid lawmakers from working for casinos for five years after leaving office. Gambling interests have flooded Beacon Hill with lobbyists and money, and the public deserves reassurance that the possibility of future employment will not influence how lawmakers vote now.

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