Following the historic tenure and departure of Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, a new era begins on Beacon Hill. With the election of Rep. Ron Mariano, D-Quincy, as Speaker, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has a true opportunity to commit itself to transparency and good government.
Every two years, at the start of the session, the House is tasked with approving a rules package – essentially setting the methodology for how the House will operate. The rules packages that Speaker DeLeo put forward were filled with blatant efforts to maintain a level of secrecy from the general public.
Speaker DeLeo’s support for these rule packages mitigated measures to increase transparency and therefore sowed public distrust toward the Massachusetts General Court.
While elected officials here in Bedford are required to know the in’s and out’s of Open Meeting Law, Speaker DeLeo made sure the Legislature was exempt from these levels of standards.