ETHICS AND TRANSPARENCY
Massachusetts Democrats believe that public officials should be held to the highest standards of integrity and accountability. We believe that government should be open and inclusive. We know that preserving the public’s trust in government is critically important to the future of our democracy. As such, Massachusetts Democrats Support:
– Public hearings and other opportunities for citizens to influence the legislative process;
– Developing and utilizing accessible technologies to allow citizens to more directly interface with government and public services;
– Introducing and ratifying a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission; and
– Ethics reforms that maintain the integrity of government.
There is no mention of applying the Open Meeting Law to the Legislature
There is no mention of having roll calls and minutes posted online for committees
There is no mention of reducing the enormous power of the Speaker and the Senate President
The Subcommittee that drafted that part of the document consisted of Senator Jamie Eldridge, Mike Lake, and Marilee Hunt. I don’t know about Marilee Hunt, but I certainly expected better from Jamie Eldridge and Mike Lake. Perhaps they were being used as puppets to add credence to this part of the platform. Regardless they owe us an explanation, as does the whole Drafting Committee and it’s Chair Setti Warren, the Democratic State Committee and it’s chair John Walsh.
We need to amend this plank at the convention, to urge the party to make Beacon hill a beacon of transparency and accountability. We need support decentralizing power on Beacon Hill, support transparent committees, and put an end to business as usual behind closed doors.
Some say that the platform is irrelevant and amending it is a waste of time.
I disagree, if progressives can make a mounted effort to say that the Democratic Party stands for better, the press will pounce on the fact that Democrats do not support their own leadership, signaling that leadership’s days are numbered.
Amending the Platform Draft takes time, signatures and resources, of which I have very little. However if you are willing to join me in taking charge, fighting against everything that is wrong with this party, to change it for the better, then please offer your support below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org