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Monday, March 07, 2011

Milk carton Legislature

It's March 7 -- do you know what your full time Legislature has done?

Two months into the first year of their two-year session, the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth has approved exactly one law -- authorizing the Mayor of Medford to appoint a director of budget and personnel. The House and Senate have met -- formally or informally -- 22 times in two months and have held sessions commemorating John F. Kennedy's City on the Hill speech and the 200th anniversary of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Oh, and they took a week off for vacation.

In years gone by, the slow pace would have been attributed to the organizational activities -- naming committee chairs -- it did take House Speaker Robert DeLeo a month or so to name his most loyal members to key positions -- populating the panels and publishing bills for them to consider.

But the 5,097 proposed pieces of legislation are available on computer for anyone to see.

Yet pick up the Tea Party Newsletter today and you would think Deval Patrick is single-handedly gumming up the works by jetting off on a junket with the "potential for corruption" at the hands of some of the state's best known business leaders.

The "complex health care cost reform bill" is the one he has proposed for legislative action and Patrick has been the one pushing for bringing municipal employee unions into the state's health insurance system, a measure that has failed to win legislative approval for the past few years.

Maybe the Herald should be searching for our missing lawmakers? Nah, that would mean the facts might intrude on a good political screed.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The citizens of this state are getting exactly what they deserve, and apparently what they want. There was a chance to get rid of them but most here must love this inaction. I can't understand it but in a year off to Florida forever.

March 07, 2011 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on schedule.

March 07, 2011 3:24 PM  

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