Cartoon by Lily Gist Yesterday we reached out to our readers and asked them to call their state legislators to pass an update to the outdated Massachusetts public records law (we'd still like your help doing that, by the way). Today we've received some push-back from a legislator who believes that the taxpayers of Massachusetts have no right to see what their government is up to.
When we contacted Congressman Cockroach's office, he issued a brief statement, saying he vows to make sure state and local governmental bodies in Massachusetts can operate without the constraints of a Freedom of Information law or any oversight from the public.
Congressman Cockroach shouldn't be too upset, though, because the proposed update to the public records law wouldn't alter the fact that the law does not apply to the state legislature. While it's a good bill that will increase government transparency in the Commonwealth, it would still allow the congressman to hide in the dark where he likes it.