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This Common Cause Maryland testimony begins, 'Common Cause Maryland supports SB 825, which would clarify the Open Meetings Law to explicitly include subcommittees of the standing committees of the General Assembly. It has been a long-standing procedure by both chambers to keep subcommittee meetings open to the public. However, the law itself is silent as to whether subcommittee meetings are considered covered by the act, and an Attorney General opinion last summer has created doubt as to whether the law applies or not.'
Letter which begins, 'Common Cause/NY and the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center (HRP) have long expressed concern that the centralization of power within the Speaker's office is detrimental to the democratic functioning of the New York City Council. Common Cause/NY works for effective legislative functioning at all levels of government, advocating for best practices and rules that encourage legislators to be effective advocates for creative solutions to the problems we all face as well as for their constituents.'
Common Cause Delaware is pleased to announce that the 2016 John Gardner Lifetime Achievement award goes to Sen. Karen Peterson with gratitude for her lifetime of public service and her strong support for the democracy reform agenda in Delaware – where she supported voting rights, increased transparency, independent redistricting reform, and legal equality for all, among other things.
Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy sent federal authorities new evidence today that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is falsely passing itself off as a tax-exempt charity and effectively using taxpayer dollars to subsidize its lobbying on behalf of private interests.
Common Cause called on Congress today to adopt a more transparent, balanced, citizen-friendly review process and impose a speed limit on the “fast track” the Obama administration is seeking for action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest trade deal in U.S. history.