read Carmen's just disappeared diary on pending ethics reform and get on the record with your Rep and Senator and tell them it's time to legislate tighter and clearer restrictions on persons who are compensated by a for-profit or a non-profit organization?
Tell them to make sure that our Secretary of State is instructed to draft and enforce some tight and clear regulations requiring prompt registration and quaterly reporting of each lobbyists expenses and activities and make that information promptly and easily available to the public.
And tell them to give our Secretary of State and our Attorney General appropriate powers to mete out the appropriate punishment to offenders?
Can you just give us a simple yes or no?
If it's a yes, just type up those three little letters in the comment box and call your own Rep and Senator. (Unless you already have.)
If it's a no,not yet, because you want to argue about a specific section you disagree with, then still call your Rep and Senator and share your specific concerns and propose an amendment. And if you want to educate us with a little commentary, that's fine with me.
If it's no, you don't care about this particular government reform proposal then write your own diary to suggest other ways to make our state government more open and responsive.
Of all sessions, formal and informal, and hearings as well.
p>Not everyone can run in to Boston or leave work to advocate.
p>I do think all citizens should get to know their legislators – and maybe the legislators from the District next door – as well as write letters, and make it clear what they care about.
p>Also, all legislators have office hours in their districts and are really glad to see constituents show up for these. The more used such office hours are, the more likely that such office hours will continue and expand.
If you don’t mind, I will copy and paste some of what you wrote into the email I send.
You can find your Senator and Rep email address easily by going to this link.
p>then copy and paste this into the body of the email…
p>Thanks Judy, for doing the “think” work for the email. Very appreciated.
a good email communication should include something like;
p>from your constituent “Your Name” re: lobbying reform
p>Why? Many of us have goofy email addresses that might be erased as junk mail.
p>And please, please don’t type in “Your Name”. (Stop laughing or I’ll have to tell you about the over educated professional organizations who have blithely copied my sample form letters word by word.)
Stop laughing, how about the biggest belly laugh I’ve had in days…..thanks for pointing that out.
p>Yes, Subject line very important.