Monday, January 9, 2017

Sunday's Protest

Beacon Hill once again has pulled a fast one on the 1.8 million voters who approved Q4 in November. The main instigator to this slap in the voters face is Senator Lewis from Lexington. He somehow convinced Senator Bruce Tarr from the North Shore and the Senate President Stanley Rosenberg from Amherst and a hand full of lonely State Reps who were working at the State House during the Holiday's, in informal session, pass to the Governor desk a bill to delay Q4. While some seem to think this will be nothing to worry about, I  believe this is the beginning of the end for legalization here in Mass. I'm left with no other choice but to burn in effigy, Governor Charlie Baker, Stanley Rosenberg and Senator Lewis on my front lawn on Sunday.

They had no right to do this. Nothing in the ballot question said that a 6 month delay was part of what voters approved. Beacon Hill once again have proved they don't give a dam what we voters approve at the ballot box.

The fight has just begun for the voters of this State.


At January 10, 2017 at 2:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You rock!

At January 13, 2017 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

While a deal has already been worked out between the top Democrats in the House and Senate over rules for the next session, Beacon Hill Senate Republicans are eyeing additional reforms that they say would improve the transparency of the work done by lawmakers at the State House. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg announced last year that they had reached an agreements to preserve the existing joint committee structure and avert the type of rules fight between the branches that bogged down the beginning of the last session. That agreement, however, does not preclude lawmakers from offering additional rules changes, and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr announced Thursday that his caucus would do just that. **Among the proposed changes to be offered by Senate Republicans are rules that would prohibit anything from being considered during informal sessions that had not gone through the public hearing process and that would require all matters to be taken up in informal sessions be posted on the Legislature's website for at least 24 hours. Such changes would appear to block the Legislature from engaging in a repeat of the process used to pass a delay in the implementation of the new marijuana law in December, which drew criticism from some corners for the speed and lack of notice given before it was pushed through the House and Senate.*** Republican senators also want all committee votes posted online, unanimous consent before meeting past midnight, and a deadline of March 31 to notify cities and towns how much local aid they can expect in the coming fiscal year. Some of these rules changes have been offered before and rejected. Both the House and Senate are expected to vote on a rules package in the coming weeks to govern the new two-year session. "Some of the most important early decisions we will make in this legislative session will be about how we operate as stewards of the public trust," Tarr said in a statement. - Matt Murphy/SHNS


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