On the Issues
Medicare For All
Immigration Rights, Social and Racial Justice
100% Renewable Energy
Transparency in our Government
The Legislature is desperately in need of more transparency. Whether it’s the lack of knowledge the public has about how their legislators vote, the lack of time that State Representatives receive before voting on bills, or limited access to testimony on bills, committee deliberations on legislation, or underwhelming vidoe or audio coverage of debate on Beacon Hill, more transparency in government is critical to the public knowing what the Legislature is working on, and therefore having a greater ability to influence their elected officials.
I have signed the Act On Mass Pledge on transparency. I will fight to make all my committee votes publicly available upon request, including electronic polls and study orders. I will move to make public all votes and testimony of committees of which I am Chair, including electronic polls and study orders. If the committee rules prevent me from doing this, I will motion to amend the rules to make all votes and testimony public, and ask for a roll call vote on that motion. I will stand for roll calls when a member asks for a recorded vote on any bill or amendment which I have co-sponsored or which deals with substantively the same issue as a bill I have co-sponsored.
I fully support a person’s reproductive rights, and believe that abortion is healthcare, and that the Legislature must guarantee a person’s right to an abortion. We must strive towards a future where there is support for the right of each person to manage their own sexual and reproductive health. We need to pass the ROE Act in Massachusetts as well as the Healthy Youth Act. If the Federal Government takes away a woman’s right to choose an abortion, Massachusetts government needs to take action.
My support for abortion and reproductive rights is a key reason why I am such a strong supporter of making healthcare a right. Last session, the Legislature had to pass the ACCESS bill, to require health insurance companies to provide free birth control to their members, and the PATCH Act, to protect the health information of young people on their parents’ health insurance plans. These two bills were only necessary because of our broken private health insurance system. If healthcare was a right, every Massachusetts resident would have healthcare, including reproductive healthcare.