BOSTON (WWLP) – House Speaker Robert DeLeo thinks it’s time to update the state’s ethics laws. He wants to make sure the language is clear and easy to understand.

A legislative committee heard public testimony on Speaker DeLeo’s proposed legislation to create an 11-member Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government.

The special panel would examine the state’s ethics laws and figure out whether they need to be strengthened, updated or eliminated.

Speaker DeLeo made changes to ethics laws last year when the legislature voted to get rid of term limits for the Speaker.

State laws can be confusing and complicated.

Northampton state Representative Peter Kocot told 22News the goal is to create ethics laws that are easy to understand, saying, “That’s one of the major goals of this resolve, is to make sure that people who are public employees or are elected have a clear path to follow in terms of the ethics laws.”

The proposed task force still needs to get legislative approval and the governor’s signature before it can become official.