Schoolhouse Rock made it sound easy. But the reality is that the legislative process is messy and complicated, and very much a black box that it hard to understand, much less influence.
Today, I sat in a meeting organized by Mass. Power Forward, along with Indivisible Acton, Elders for Climate Action and a few others with Mass. Senator Jamie Eldridge. We got a valuable inside word not only on legislation that is in committee — the committees look at hundreds at bills but few see the light the day — but also on who the key players are once bills do emerge and go before the Senate and House Ways and Means committees. Very informative session that will help guide the coming year, because February 7 is a key date for committees to report out.