“Public body”, a multiple-member board, commission, committee or subcommittee within the executive or legislative branch or within any county, district, city, region or town, however created, elected, appointed or otherwise constituted, established to serve a public purpose; provided, however, that the governing board of a local housing, redevelopment or other similar authority shall be deemed a local public body; provided, further, that the governing board or body of any other authority established by the general court to serve a public purpose in the commonwealth or any part thereof shall be deemed a state public body; provided, further, that “public body” shall not include the general court or the committees or recess commissions thereof, bodies of the judicial branch or bodies appointed by a constitutional officer solely for the purpose of advising a constitutional officer and shall not include the board of bank incorporation or the policyholders protective board; and provided further, that a subcommittee shall include any multiple-member body created to advise or make recommendations to a public body. (Highlighting added)
Copyright © 2011 The General Court, All Rights ReservedQUESTION:Who will fight to return democracy, open debate and public deliberations to the Great and General Court – also known as “the legislature”? Surely not paid lobbyists, who must ever be careful not to give offense because what they are paid to do is get a bigger piece of pie for the interests they serve. While some of these interests are very deserving, like housing the homeless, or youth jobs, without reclaiming democracy and open debate and deliberation on the record where it can be seen, the situation we have today where 22 billion or so is available to be in the budget, and 26 billion is deferred (and more is spent on film making than indigent defense!) will continue.