Massachusetts is the only state where the Legislature, governor’s office and judiciary all claim to be exempt from the state’s public records law, which has led open government groups and others to consistently label its First Amendment protections the weakest in the nation.
Other lawmakers, like Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, support opening up the Legislature to public scrutiny. He has proposed an amendment to next year's budget to eliminate the exemption.
He cites recent scandals involving former House and Senate leaders as reasons for lifting the veil.
"They think they can do everything in secret," he said. "They talk about being open and transparent, except when it comes to them. It's absurd."