From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:
"After months and even years of public debate, the fate of six key pieces of legislation is now in the hands of just 29 lawmakers.
The lawmakers are charged with resolving differences between House and Senate bills dealing with the state budget, police reform, climate change, economic development, health care, and transportation bond funding.so-called conference committees on which these lawmakers serve are “black boxes” whose inner workings are unknown.
Rep. Denise Provost of Somerville, who retires in January after 14 years in the Legislature, said on the Codcast this week that many of her constituents have been asking her about progress on bills in the House-Senate conference committees. She said she has to explain that she doesn’t know.
Continue reading the article online https://commonwealthmagazine.org/the-download/the-legislatures-black-box-committees-2/