Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last week filed legislation to tighten current lobbying laws and increase stiffer penalties for corruption charges based on the findings of a special task force on public integrity.

The governor formed the 13-member committee in late November after federal officials charged former state Sen. Diane Wilkerson, D-Boston, on Nov. 18 with eight counts of corruption charges for allegedly accepting more than $23,500 in return for her influence over potential liquor licenses and land-development contracts. Wilkerson resigned shortly after her indictment.

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