The Boston Globe published a strong editorial in favor of making remote access to public meetings permanent.
We agree and have been working to make permanent these changes and to include resources for cities and towns to do so.
“… Being able to attend a public meeting online would give many people with disabilities, for example, greater access to the democratic process. The same goes for parents of young children, caretakers, people without cars or access to good transit, and many others, including people who work outside the 9-to-5 schedule — that is, disproportionately lower wage workers. Given that the technology exists to hold public meetings online, then there’s really no reason why Massachusetts should not transition to a permanent hybrid system.”