Ryan found it in his email box first. Here's a joint statement from the Gov, Sen. Prez Murray, and Speaker DeLeo:
“The news of yesterday’s indictments and the nature of the charges are deeply disturbing. All three of us have put forth serious proposals dealing with ethics, lobbying and campaign finance reform, the details of which are currently being negotiated in conference committee. In light of the recent developments, we believe it is critical that we stand united in our shared commitment to restoring the public trust. Therefore, we have agreed that ethics reform legislation will be passed and signed into law swiftly that includes the best provisions from all three of our proposals. We owe the people of Massachusetts nothing less.”
So … hard to know what they will end up thinking “the best” provisions are. (Ethics commission?) But it's on the fast track, and one would imagine that the Governor's and House's hand has been strengthened due to recent events.
Irony: In spite of DeLeo's history as Sal's bagman for bad legislation, and in spite of the House's overwhelming re-election of DiMasi as Speaker, the House and Governor have been relatively out front on ethics reform this year. (Actually, maybe replace “in spite of” with “because.”) DeLeo's House “huddle” this afternoon should be heard in that context.