On Jan. 24, state Rep. Victoria Morales, D-South Portland, voted to limit public access to Maine House of Representative meetings. The change to House rules will prohibit members from photographing or videotaping the transaction of public business in the House. It will prevent members, and by extension the public, from recording business when the media is not there, or if official business is conducted at night.

The vote was 91 Democrats in favor, 53 Republicans and independents against.

This type of secrecy and non-disclosure only adds distrust to what should be completely open to the citizens of South Portland who Morales represents.

Jim Hoy
South Portland

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