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  • The Senate passed legislation requiring timely disclosure of "independent" spending in political campaigns. This is the most significant practical response that Massachusetts can make to the Citizens United case and I had long supported it.
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  • Nayla Rathle writes: Dear Senator Brownsberger, I hope you read my guest commentary in the Belmont Citizen Herald of last week regarding corruption of politics and the MaydayPAC. I would like to hear your thoughts. Thank you. Nice job, Nayla. I like anything that will help elect candidates who really want to work for the […]
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  • I've had to change my approach to achieving transparency at the MBTA's pension fund. It's been a long struggle, but I think we now have an approach that is going to work.
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  • Robin Whitworth asks: What are your thoughts on NEMLEC’s contention they are not subject to MA open record laws?
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  • Sorry to hear that Governor Patrick will, or has, approved the bill regarding early voter registration. Registering to vote at an earlier age than a person is permitted to vote is kind of like having a pre-high school graduation ceremony and prom at age 14 or 15. When the real thing comes along, ho-hum, what […]
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  • The committee working to resolve the differences between the House and Senate on election legislation reported out a compromise bill last week. We approved the report unanimously in the Senate. The bill will come back for final enactment next week. Here are the main elements of what was reported out: A new mechanism to allow […]
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  • Because Belmont has been considering a new animal control law, I’ve been receiving some state law questions. State law vests authority for regulation of animals with local officials. General Laws, Chapter 140, sections 136A through 172 defines local authority over both kennels and individual dogs. Here are a few relevant sections. Section 136A defines terms, […]
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  • Last week the Senate passed legislation, which I sponsored, to allow disability commissions to authorize remote participation by their members. This required a modification to the open meeting law. The text of the bill was modified by the Committee on State Administration before passage by the Senate. The key language appears below: A local commission […]
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  • In January, the Senate passed an election laws bill. The bill is currently in conference committee with the House. The Senate bill included essentially all of the proposals that have been floated recently to improve voter participation. Currently I’m receiving emails in the following form: Massachusetts election system has become outdated. I’m writing today to […]
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  • Back in 2008, I became aware and concerned that the MBTA Retirement Fund is not subject to the same transparency rules that apply to state agencies. My understanding of this issue has greatly evolved over the past few months: While I have undiminished passion for transparency, I have to admit that the Retirement Fund is […]
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  • Recently, I’ve been hearing from people urging me to take action to free Justina Pelletier from the custody of the Department of Children and Families and send her back to her parents. See the sample emails further below. I’m certainly troubled by the story of Justina. It is always deeply saddening when DCF takes children […]
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  • Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Joint Committee on Financial Services.   TO:          Committee on Financial Services  FROM:    Senator William N. Brownsberger  RE:           S417, An Act to ensure full compliance with good funds statute.  DATE:      February 26, 2014  I am writing in support of S417, An Act to ensure full compliance with […]
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