Tag Archives: open meeting laws

Citzens Should Use Open Meeting Law

Benjamin Franklin is credited with once stating, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” Though not initially perceived by many, the general public has always been the main watchdog of governmental action, activities and decision-making at all levels. It is the use of important civic mechanisms like the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law that helps keep state,…

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Commonwealth Magazine covers the silent crisis

Here is the article http://www.commonwealthmagazin… The “Crisis” is the near-extinction of full time reporters at the State House.  This matters.  Remember, that both the State Senate and the State House of representitives voted to exclude themselves from all “open meeting” laws and information law requests, and most “fair procurement” restrictions. Back in 2003 the Press Room was bustling – phones…

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Slimy creatures thrive in the bottom of the barrel

Republicans are just as arrogant and secretive as Democrats once they become entrenched incumbents, at least in this state.  Here, the House Minority leader was quoted, too: “Bradley H. Jones Jr., the House Republican leader, said he agrees with the need to conduct some business behind closed doors to facilitate negotiations. Jones calls for a modest overhaul allowing lawmakers to…

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Should We Ban Technology Access During Gov’t Meetings

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) On the heels of the decision to allow twitter access for MA Legislators in the State House there comes a proposal to ban ALL technology access for Brockton City Councilors during council meetings.  Yes, there is a proposal to ban ALL technology access for Councilors during their meetings in Brockton. http://www.boston.com/news/loc…

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