It happens, and it can happen here, too. In fact, it may be happening already.
You be the judge. Do you feel that the Board of Selectmen are acting in our best interest with a general concern for preventing conflicts of interest, or a specific "conflict of interest"?
The answer seems to leap from the article below.
Below is the abstract for the Massachusetts Conflict of Interest Law, it is very restrictive. How could the town of Sturbridge bylaw be even more restrictive? What other areas could a new bylaw touch that the state law does not?