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Honesty & Transparency in Government

One of the many reasons I’m running is because we need a culture shift on Beacon Hill. The Massachusetts legislature is ranked as one of the least effective but it's also one of the most secretive in the entire country. This shields anyone and everyone in power from being honest with the people who elected them in the first place - us!

 

At the local level, residents are free to attend city government meetings and access all of the meeting minutes and materials that our Councilors see. The Open Meeting Law guarantees transparency and access to the policies that affect our lives. However, at the state level, this is not the case. 

A major barrier to a healthy democracy in Massachusetts is the concentration of power in the hands of the House and Senate leadership, and the lack of transparency that upholds this status quo.

Medford and Malden have some of the most vocal and active neighbors who care deeply about making their voices heard when it comes to the issues affecting their lives. 

 

As your Representative, I want to ensure that this right extends beyond city meetings and online discussion boards and into maintaining a healthy Democracy at the state level.

Priority Legislation

These bills have been held up for far too long. Let's finally shed some light on what our elected officials are up to.

BILL H.3121 - AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE OPEN MEETING LAW

Every single city and town in Massachusetts abide by the Open Meeting Law, so why not those at the state level?

 

Our Representatives are making decisions in secret and without input from the public every day here in Massachusetts.

 

This Bill would hold our elected officials to a higher standard.

BILL S.1963 - AN ACT TO PROVIDE SUNLIGHT TO STATE GOVERNMENT

This would extend the Public Records Law to the Legislature, which is the case for most states in the country.

 

It would also make hearings more accessible by requiring hearings to be scheduled at least one week in advance and publish all testimony.

Medford & Malden's current Representative voted "no" on making votes public and "no" on requiring bills to be released 48 hours before a hearing for representatives and voters to have time to read the legislation.

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