House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. issued the following statement in response to the House Democrats refusal to release the Republican-led House Ethics Reform Order from the House Committee on Rules:
“I, along with the members of the Republican Caucus, am once again disappointed that the Democratic majority balks at every opportunity for ethics reform in the House of Representatives.
Today’s vote clearly demonstrates that a majority of members in the House of Representatives are content with the status quo on Beacon Hill. The members of the Democratic Party have already forgotten about the recent conviction of the third Speaker in a row on charges of corruption, and the recent indictment of the former Treasurer’s Chief of Staff.
The House Republican Caucus continues to be willing to debate the Ethics Reform proposal and remains amenable to any conversation surrounding changes or improvements that the Democratic majority would like to see made.
Until this Ethics Reform Order is released by Chairman Binienda and the House Committee on Rules, the disconnect between Beacon Hill and the citizens of the Commonwealth will unfortunately continue.”