Conservative members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, again today, shut down an Informal Session of the House. The members did so after being denied, once again, access to the “can” where the day’s legislation is kept. During informal sessions it takes one member to call for quorum. If Quorum is not present the session is ended for the day.
Marc Lombardo tweeted a short time ago.
Shut down informal today after access to today legislation was denied. I will continue to fight for transparency. #MaPoli
— Marc Lombardo (@MarcTLombardo) September 3, 2013
State House News confirmed with a tweet of their own.
Without quorum, Mass. House adjourns without conducting any business. #mapoli
— State House News (@statehousenews) September 3, 2013
Lombardo had the following to say to Red Mass Group about the process, and why he is fighting to reopen rank and file members access to “the can” where legislation for the day’s business is kept, “I believe it is my right and my obligation to have access to all legislation being debated in the House of Representative.”
Representative Jim Lyons added, “My hope is that the majority party will reconsider their decision to restrict legislators rights and allow all members to have access to legislation . Simple solution to a major attack on openness and transparency on beacon hill.”