Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Improving the Governor's Council

Look for an article this week in Lawyer’s Weekly on legislation I have filed to make the operations of the Governor’s Council more open and transparent. S. 1457, “An Act Relative to the Reform of the Executive Council”, contains several important steps, including:

* Making the Governor’s Council subject to the Open Meeting Law

* Requiring the Governor’s Council to issue an annual report detailing its actions over the last year, including a list of all votes taken

* Requiring the Governor’s Council to maintain a website with biographical information and a complete voting record for each member, as well as a record of all meetings

The bill will receive a public hearing on Thursday, October 8, before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.