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Josh Cutler: Open meetings? Hey legislators, practice what ye preach!

Josh Cutler

Time to apply Open Meeting Law to State Legislature

In the wake of another lawmaker scandal the Massachusetts Legislature passed an update to the state’s Open Meeting Law that took affect in July. While the merits of this latest change are open to debate, the overall success of the Open Meeting Law is not.

Since it was first enacted in 1958, the Open Meeting Law has ensured that the people’s business is conducted in public. Meetings must be posted in advance, agendas and minutes must be made available and meetings must be conducted out in the open. For that reason the law is sometimes referred to as the “Sunshine Act” and it’s an apt metaphor. Good government, like a flower garden, requires sunshine to flourish.

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