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.
A link to Nayla Rathle’s guest commentary in the Belmont Citizen-Herald on MayDay PAC (an attempt to counter the corrupting influence of special-interest “superPACs”) and Will’s reactions on the issue at the state level.
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 […]
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 […]
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 Currently I’m receiving emails in the following form: Massachusetts election system has become outdated.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 […]
I have recently received a number emails calling on me to take a “People’s Pledge” to transparency. The People’s Pledge itself very much reflects my personal approach to legislating and I do hereby affirm the pledge immediately appearing below: I swear that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of State Legislator to […]