The House, in its very last legislative session before breaking for the holidays, voted today on Public Records Reform. True to form, Speaker DeLeo didn't release the proposal until just hours before calling for a vote.
MassFiscal commends our friend Andover Representative Jim Lyons. Jim offered an amendment which would have made the legislature itself subject to the proposed public records law. Unsurprisingly, the chair ruled his amendment out of order. Lyons forced a vote on the ruling, which failed 34 to 122.
On Beacon Hill, it's easier to spot Elvis than it is to see the inner workings of lawmaking. House leadership refused to make their public record proposals available to the public up until today. We’re not surprised 122 lawmakers then voted to exempt themselves from public scrutiny, are you?.
See how your legislator voted on allowing debate on Representative Lyons' amendment on our Legislative Scorecard, which you may view here.
CALL TO ACTION: Call your legislator and tell him or her what you think of their vote.