An informed and engaged electorate. Transparency and accountability within public institutions. Ridding our elections of corrosive big money and reigning in corporations. Preventing public officials from engaging in sexual harassment or assault.

These are some of the necessary building blocks of a healthy democracy.

Our democracy works best when everyone can participate. Please take a moment to look at the democracy & transparency bills I have filed this session.

You can also view all bills I’ve co-sponsored this session here.

Filed bills

Getting Foreign Money Out of Politics
S.454, An Act limiting political spending by foreign-influenced corporations

Foreign interference in our political process exists at the state level as it does in Washington D.C. My bill prohibits corporations that are substantially owned or controlled by a foreign person or corporation from making independent state political expenditures or contributions to a state independent expenditure PAC to influence state or local candidate elections or ballot referendums.

» Sen. Comerford’s testimony for S.454

Abolish State Super-PACs
S.455, An Act relative to political contributions

While Massachusetts limits contributions to a political campaign, there is a huge loophole: there are no limits on contributions to “independent expenditure PACS,” also known as “super PACs.” For the sake of our democracy, we need to plug this loophole. My bill would limit contributions to a super PAC to $5,000 per year. Limits on contributions to super PACs would help prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption.

» Sen. Comerford’s testimony for S.455

Protect Voter Privacy
S.456, An Act allowing individuals to protect their voter information

We deserve the choice as to whether our personal information is posted publicly. Unfortunately, state law currently does not let voters opt out of having their residential address and other information be publicly available. My bill allows individuals to make a request of the local officials that their voter information not be made public. 

Accountability for Public Officials Committing Sexual Crimes
S.955, An Act prohibiting the use of public funds to pay awards, fines or settlements in sexual harassment or assault cases

Taxpayers should not foot the bill when a public official commits sexual assault or harassment, yet that is exactly what has happened in Congress and it is permitted in our Commonwealth as well. My bill requires that public officials use their own money to pay awards, fines, and settlements in cases where they settle cases or are found responsible or guilty of sexual harassment or assault.

Expand State Job Opportunities
S.1169, An Act relative to state employment postings

We must have equal opportunity in hiring practices. The state falls short of this goal because there is no requirement that open state jobs be posted publicly online. My bill directs state officials to create a single, comprehensive online system to list all job openings for positions with state agencies.

» Joint testimony for S.1169

Stand Against Nuclear Weapons
S.1555, Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons to the commonwealth of Massachusetts

Enough nuclear weapons currently exist to end human life on Earth forever. The United Nations has moved to address this existential threat and although the United States chooses to be a part of the problem, our Commonwealth should be a part of the solution. I have introduced a Resolve which creates a Commission to look into ways to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth from the threat of nuclear weapons and to work towards the total elimination of these weapons from all countries.

» Sen. Comerford’s written testimony for S.1555

» Sen. Comerford’s oral testimony for S.1555

Stand Against Nuclear Weapons
S.1556, Resolutions relative to the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Enough nuclear weapons currently exist to end human life on Earth forever. The United Nations has moved to address this existential threat and although the United States chooses to be a part of the problem, our Commonwealth should be a part of the solution. My resolution declares the Commonwealth’s support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and directs the legislature to take action towards the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

» Sen. Comerford’s written testimony for S.1556

» Sen. Comerford’s oral testimony for S.1556

Show Taxpayers Where Their Money Goes
S.2031, An Act advancing taxpayers’ right to know

The long and complicated budget processes at both the state and federal levels makes it almost impossible for a citizen to know where their tax dollars are going. Accountability is impossible without this basic understanding. My bill requires an information statement to be mailed to all taxpayers showing the allocation of their federal and state tax revenue.

» S.2031 fact sheet

» Sen. Comerford’s joint testimony for S.2031

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