BOSTON – In honor of Sunshine Week 2019, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has kicked off their latest educational campaign with a video series highlighting issues of openness and transparency in the Massachusetts Legislature.
“The leadership of the Massachusetts legislature frequently struggles with openness and transparency in their Chambers, so we feel it’s important to highlight the positive steps being fought for by individual members on both sides of the aisle,” commented Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Spokesman Paul D. Craney.
Sunshine Week is a joint venture of the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and focuses on educating the public on the importance of open and transparent government and easing access to public information.
Released today, the first video in the series focuses on a proposed amendment to this year’s House Rules package that would have required bills be available to the public for at least 72 hours before any votes can be taken. Freshman State Representative Maria Robinson (D-Framingham) made her maiden speech on the common-sense measure, which was defeated 103-55 (Roll Call #2) despite bipartisan support.
A copy of the first video is available here.