by Christopher Dunne, McCormack Scholar
It’s been seven years since Massachusetts last reviewed its lobbying laws and while the legislature is revisiting other aspects of government integrity this spring, statutes and regulations covering lobbyists are not on the table. My master’s capstone research aims to perform an in-depth check-up on these laws by interviewing stakeholders and analyzing data to determine if an update is needed.
While re-convening the Public Integrity Task Force that shaped the law last in 2009 under Governor Deval Patrick is not an option, many members of that body have been happy to talk about that experience and their views on how the law has functioned. Task Force members ranged from elected officials to legal experts to advocates, each with differing thoughts on the right approach to ensuring public confidence and trust in our political system. Continue Reading →