General Assembly Mostly Has Open Meetings….Except for the Really Important Ones
Yay, according to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, the Generally Assembly abided by the open meetings law–which they don’t think applies to them–abut 90% of the time. Political cover: check. Of course, as the ProJo reports and RI Common Cause’s John Marion emphasizes, that’s like saying you spent more days in first place even if you ended up losing the division and not making the playoffs.
[T]he report follows a formula established over a decade ago that weighs violations equally, no matter when during the legislative session they occur….Common Cause believes that it is time to create an additional measure, and include it in the report, that takes into account when the violations occur. The bulk of the important votes in committee and on the floor occur in the final days of the session and the public expects the same level of openness on the part of their elected leaders in June as they do in January.