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PDM Forum: Making Our MA Legislature More Transparent and Effective

Making Our MA Legislature More Transparent and Effective

Friday, January 15, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Do you wonder why in a state so blue with a legislature so Democratic we haven’t enacted more progressive laws? Or why legislation seems to languish endlessly in committee or never reaches the floor for a vote? Do you wonder why the leadership of the House seems to have a stranglehold on the flow of legislation and why our representatives seem unable to get anything much done? Do you wonder what’s going on and what can we do about it?

Well, so do we! These questions and more will be addressed at the first in a series of forums on Massachusetts public policy sponsored by Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM), from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, January 15th.

A panel (see below) will discuss rules and practices of the state legislature that stymie the passage of progressive legislation and make it difficult for the public to know what is going on in the Legislature. They will address strategies for rules reform, including Act On Mass’s Transparency is Power proposal.

John Lippitt, a member of PDM’s leadership team, who writes a blog on national policy and politics at

Matt Miller, co-founder of Act On Mass, and field director and manager of its Transparency is Power campaign

Jeanne Kempthorne, a member of PDM’s leadership team and a former member of the State Ethics Commission, will moderate.

To sign up and receive the Zoom link for this forum, please click here.

PLEASE NOTE: PDM will be holding one-hour forums on the third Friday of each month in 2021 to discuss important public policy issues for the Commonwealth. Mark your calendar!

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: On Sunday, Jan. 24, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, PDM will hold an event to discuss its agenda for the 2021 - 2022 legislative session. There will be some fun and personal interaction as we prepare for the political work ahead – even though we’ll be using Zoom.


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