Below is a press statement from State Rep. candidate Alec DiFrisucia (R-Tewksbury):
TEWKSBURY, MA — Alec DiFruscia, Republican candidate for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District, today made the following statement on the Massachusetts Senate passing the Police Reform Bill (S.2008) without a public hearing:
“The Senate Police Reform Bill lacked transparency from the very start. In typical Beacon Hill fashion, the bill was written behind closed doors and was released on Sunday of the 4th of July weekend. The timing was purposeful and pointed – Democrat leadership did not want the public’s input. Instead, Democrats attempted to ram the bill through the legislative process without any debate. The police, the public, and even the majority of the Senate were deliberately left out of the writing of this bill,” DiFruscia said.
“If Democrats had their way, the bill would have passed within days of its release with little attention to detail and zero public input. When the bill was finally voted on, it was after 4:30 in the morning, when most of Massachusetts was asleep,” added DiFruscia.
The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
“We must balance the power Democrats have on Beacon Hill,” DiFruscia continued. “Democrat leaders are trying to sidestep the legislative process and rule by decree. More transparency is the only way we can craft impactful legislation and protect the dignity of the democratic process.”
“As the next State Representative for Tewksbury and Wilmington, I am committed to spearheading efforts to bring more transparency to the State House: making committee votes public and a mandate for a 24 hour bill review period prior to a vote is just a start,” pledged DiFruscia. “Good government is one that is open and honest, because that is the only way for us to hold our government accountable. It starts with checking Democrats’ power on Beacon Hill.”
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