Bill revising open meeting law to allow online deliberation by public bodies is under consideration

October 17, 2017 10:15 AM

For several legislative sessions, David Rosenberg, of Norfolk, a retired MIT computer scientist, has pushed a bill that would revise the open meeting law to allow online deliberation by public bodies.

In the past, the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association has opposed the bill because many citizens are either not online or not internet-savvy, and therefore would be disenfranchised. Indeed, there is still widespread lack of broadband access in many rural communities.
 
More recently, however, the publishers association is reconsidering its opposition because the bill may make government more accessible and transparent. Read more...