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Lee Scott Laugenour,
Green-Rainbow Party candidate for State Representative 4th Berkshire
District, has pledged to join the Rule 28 Coalition on Beacon
Hill if he is elected on November 6.
The name of the coalition
refers to rule 28 of the Rules of the Massachusetts House of
Representatives, which allows a majority of members, by vote
on motion or petition, to discharge any pending legislation
from the committee on Bills in the Third Reading or after due
notice from the Committee on Ways and Means. Members of the
coalition agree to vote in the affirmative in support of any
motion by any member of the Coalition to discharge any pending
legislation from either of the committees listed above. Members
of the Coalition do, however, reserve their rights to debate
and vote for or against the bill itself.
In response to a question
on the 2012 candidate questionnaire from the Massachusetts
Fiscal Alliance, Laugenour stated that he would "join
the Rule 28 Coalition when elected and will remain a member
as long as the coalition proves to be an effective mechanism
of opposition parties and majority party detractors against
the abuses and undemocratic practices of the majority party
leadership." The Speaker of the House is Robert DeLeo,
whose expected confirmation in January 2013 Laugenour has pledged
to vote against.
In the Massachusetts
Fiscal Alliance questionnaire - question six - Laugenour offered
the expanded bottle bill as an example of a specific piece of
legislation on which he would have requested a Rule 28 action.
"Grassroots supporters of the expanded bottle bill were
let down once again in the last session when no legislator was
brave enough to make a Rule 28 motion to bring the expanded
bottle bill up for a vote."
Mark Eckstein of the
Massachusetts Public Research Interest Group has told Laugenour
that legislators are too afraid of "retribution" from
House Speaker Robert DeLeo to have made a Rule 28 motion in
recent legislation sessions, even for a bill as popular as the
expanded bottle bill. "This is further evidence of the
imperative for the kind of progressive popular opposition party
that we are building, which does not solicit corporate financial
influence," Laugenour emphasized, referring to the Green-Rainbow
"I would have not hesitated to use my membership in a multi-partisan
Rule 28 Coalition to advance the expanded bottle bill."
Laugenour's only opponent,
Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, is not a member
of the currently-bipartisan Rule 28 Coalition. Unlike Laugenour,
Pignatelli has not made any of his responses to candidate questionnaires
Fiscal Alliance questionnaire includes nine questions on the
category of good governance and twelve questions on fiscal matters.
It also asked candidates to sign a Good Government Pledge by
August 15, which Laugenour did. Laugenour's responses to all
candidate questionnaires, including the one from the MA Fiscal
Alliance, can be viewed online.
The Rule 28 Coalition web
site offers links to a February 15, 2012 editorial in the
Boston Globe and to a February 9, 2012 in the Metro West Daily
News, both of which expressed support for the coalition.
accept with appreciation contributions from individual adult
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lobbyists and from officers of corporations that hire lobbyists.
Please provide your full name and address. State law limits
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