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Dykema To Introduce Legislative Transparency Bill

After voting down an amendment to post legislative votes online, Rep. Dykema said she supports the intent.

Submitted by Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston.

Last Thursday, the state Republican Party publicly questioned a vote I cast last week against an amendment  to post legislative committee votes online, a concept that I had supported during a pre-election debate.

As your legislator, it is my responsibility to explain any vote I cast on your behalf and I appreciate this opportunity to respond.

While I fully support the intent of the amendment to increase transparency, passing this type of proposal without understanding the practical resource requirements is not something I could support.

Unlike roll call votes, which are currently posted online and number in the hundreds each legislative session, there are approximately 6,000-8,000 committee votes taken in the same period.  Cataloging this quantity of information online is not a trivial task. In requesting support for the proposal, the amendment’s sponsor did not provide any basic information on resource requirements or planning, nor had they contacted legislative information services to request that such information be compiled.

This session I am co-sponsoring a bill (HD 3412) that, unlike last week’s amendment, will pass through the full committee and public hearing process allowing important details to be addressed. This will allow us to move forward with a more thoughtful and productive proposal.

As we continue to discuss ways to increase transparency in our legislative process, I appreciate the opportunity to highlight some of the progress we have made in recent years: 

  • All House and Senate roll call votes are available online.
  • Video of all House and Senate formal sessions are available online.
  • New House and Senate budget websites that allow citizens to track amendments in near real time as they are filed, debated and voted on.
  • Video of many committee proceedings are available in real time and are archived online
  • As part of the FY11 budget, the Open Checkbook website was launched which details state spending, payroll and pension information and tax credit information.

Thank you again for this opportunity to respond and, as always, please contact me at carolyn.dykema@mahouse.gov if I can answer any questions.

Stacie Dowling January 31, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Carolyn, This is awesome. It's frustrating when anyone jumps to any sort of conclusion without understanding all the details, and worse when the details are known and the facts get arranged missing important details in such a way as to discredit you. I never had any doubts and am sad for any harm that came to your reputation as a result of the recent (perhaps artificially conjured) bru-haha. Stacie Dowling
Don Folkes January 31, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Ms Dykema has voted it down 3 times now in the House and the Senate voted to put the votes online the next day. She filed a bill that will go nowhere. Furthermore, technically under the House rules it is a matter previously considered and would be ruled out of order.
Lisa Keefe January 31, 2013 at 04:04 PM
As far as her filing legislation, it is nothing more than a smoke screen. During the recent rules debate, she could have voted for 26 measures to create more transparency, but she did not. Seeing as she has only passed one piece of legislation in the past 5 years, the chances of this transparency bill going any where is none. She only filed it to give herself cover. It is good spin for a professional politician, but the people of our district don’t want a representative owned by the Speaker.
Iron Mike January 31, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Sometimes in life you get ONE (1) chance to get a thing right. Mz. Dykema had that chance, - and she voted 'NO!' - JUST the way the Speaker told her to. Anything she says after that broken promise is spin and smoke screen. But living in Massachusetts – you should be used to it. Teddy tried to save the girl, Lurch is a gen-u-ine war hero, we need a $1Billion rail line to Hyannis Port, - and the dog ate Carolyn's vote. You are EXPECTED to swallow it all....
Don Folkes January 31, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Ms. Dykema cannot change the facts. In her own words - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0E66UJ3IPI&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=midnite&utm_campaign=midnight&utm_medium=email
Kelly Roney January 31, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Marty Lamb's zombie campaign continues, after he ran by far the most negative legislative campaign I've ever seen in the Eighth Middlesex. His band of sore losers, which always acts in bad faith, is still here, still immune to explanations that make complete sense. Didn't Marty and his partisans notice that the better voters knew him, the worse he did? Didn't he notice his margin of losing was 22 percentage points? Are we going to have to suffer this unrestrained bile for two more years? These are the same people who manufactured a nontroversy over Carolyn's water resources trip to Israel. They objected to the use of tax dollars for the trip, but they made that up of whole cloth, since the trip was privately funded. You'd think they'd be ashamed to show their faces around here. But, no, they're ginning up nonsense again. Ugly bunk seems to be all they have. I'm sick of it.
Darlene Hayes January 31, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Lisa and Don, you both are snazzy online bloggers everywhere....so could you easily post, maintain, have proper procedures in place for 8,000 items, catalog them, keep them secure and unable to be edited, back of staff to cover?? There was no infrastructure on how this would be executed, who would be responsible, platform of protected access without this in place it isn't a no brainer (or any high school kid) and I do know from experience of maintaining a large database, privacy issues and having to outsource resources the need to have sop's in place before just saying "Yes" we can do this then have data not updated timely, incorrectly or potential manipulation. The admendment's sponsor could not supply this data nor could the IT dept at the state house. You may say "have your ducks in a row", without a proper plan this is just quackers.
SJohnson January 31, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Oh pullleeeeze! It's nice when those in office get to explain why they failed!!!! Carolyn, that debate is all over the internet where you said you would vote for putting things online. But, when push comes to shove...you shoved your constituents out of your way. Disgusting!
K Napolitano February 01, 2013 at 06:59 AM
Many of us realize that legislation doesn't get out of committee. Also, committee votes is not supposed to be law. It is the operating procedures in the House. The rules were debated 10 days ago. They will not come up again for another 2 years. This matter has been considered by the legislature and cannot be taken up again. That's the indisputable fact. Ms. Dykema is not telling the truth, and it's shameful.
Doug Havens February 01, 2013 at 03:03 PM
The voters have spoken as to which version of reality withstands sane scrutiny. Some delusional malcontents need to ignore real problems in order to bolster their paranoid world views. It has been tough going for them since J. Edgar Hoover's commies evaporated.
Darlene Hayes February 01, 2013 at 05:31 PM
"Unlike roll call votes, which are currently posted online and number in the hundreds each legislative session, there are approximately 6,000-8,000 committee votes taken in the same period. Cataloging this quantity of information online is not a trivial task. In requesting support for the proposal, the amendment’s sponsor did not provide any basic information on resource requirements or planning, nor had they contacted legislative information services to request that such information be compiled".-Dykema Maybe if the supporter of the bill supplied the information needed to turn key this process it wouldnt have failed. Instead you hold someone accountable, name call and make false accusations who is educated in proprietary information and knows the importance to having a plan in place before a poorly failed execution of a process thatin theory is a great idea. If past without an IT supported plan and secure infrastructure in place it would be time consuming, ineffective, costly nightmare. Shame on the supporter of this orginal well intended ammendment for not having his ducks in a row before going to a vote. quack quack.
Darlene Hayes February 01, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Kelly, they grasp half truths and don't disclose the full story. if this had passed w/o a plan for infrastructure, safety, archival info and so much more after. Many tax payers dollars and efforts of time they will be the first then blaming those who voted yes to a poorly planned admendment with no plan to support its execution. If passed without a supportive plan to turnkey they are looking at an IT big dig nightmare. These quackers are still on a witch hunt.
Iron Mike February 01, 2013 at 06:29 PM
@ Darlene Hayes Careful there about name calling Darlene. Who / what are 'quackers'? AND, - nobody called Mz. Dykema a 'witch'. MoonBat – yes [a title she told me she's proud of]; 'witch' – no. we have more respect for real witches...
Darlene Hayes February 01, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Iron Mike, In case you don't know "quack, quacker, quacking" is a sound uttered by a duck in referenced in tongue and cheek "have your ducks in a row" cliche'. No name calling. "The characteristic sound uttered by a duck." -Webster No one is calling anyone a witch it referenced witch hunt, In today's society it is to accuse/attack another relentlessly. All this is quacking, quack quack quack squacking repeatively. Maybe you Lisa, Don and few others should fly south. You all seem to have lots of idle blog trolling time on your hands. You look a bit pasty a bit of time in the sun is good for your health and disposition as well. quack quack quack
bindersfull ohwomen February 02, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Better a witch than a warlock...

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