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Rep. Tom Sannicandro Promotes Citizen Lawmaking

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized by News Staff at 2:26 pm on November 2, 2011
MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A strong advocate for using technology to make government more transparent and accessible, Representative Tom Sannicandro was recently featured in The Economist for a website that asks his constituents and other interested parties to collaborate on and ultimately draft a bill to regulate net neutrality.

The magazine featured an article titled Government by (all) the people, which looked at efforts around the world to include citizens in law making.

The article references Rep. Sannicandro’s participation in the website lexpop. He also has his own wiki-style website that allows constituents to collaborate on new ideas for legislation in different topic areas, YourVisionForMassachusetts.wikistyles.org.

"There are a lot of talented people and innovative thinkers here in the Commonwealth. These websites not only allow more direct participation ...[read more]


Spilka Files Gambling Bill Amendments

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 3:13 am on September 23, 2011
Senator Karen Spilka

Sen. Karen Spilka

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an effort to protect municipalities concerned about negative impacts from a bill to expand gaming in the Commonwealth, Senator Karen Spilka, (who represents Framingham and other area towns in the Massachusetts 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk districts), filed amendments today with the Senate Clerk's Office to strengthen safeguards and provide additional protections for surrounding communities.

"The legislature has debated and voted on expanded gambling in Massachusetts for several years now, and this year it looks closer to becoming a reality than ever before," said Spilka. "Throughout this entire process, my main priority has always been to protect and support my district’s residents, communities, neighborhoods, and local businesses. I have filed these amendments to ...[read more]


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