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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.'
Thanks to the Arizona legislature, we’re getting perilously close to a constitutional disaster. Copper State lawmakers this week made Arizona the 29th state to call for a new constitutional convention to pass an amendment requiring the federal budget to be balanced.