Northampton state senator launches new online program to communicate with constituents

Hampshire County

A western Massachusetts state senator is hoping an increased online presence will help her better connect with the people in her district.

Northampton State Senator Jo Comerford announced the launch of the March Academy, which will allow her constituents to monitor her work on Beacon Hill.

Through the online program, Senator Comerford’s constituents can see which bills she’s filed and co-sponsored. She launched the March Academy because of her belief that transparency is crucial to a democracy.  

“We are tasked with democracy at large which is engagement with our constituents and hearing constituent feedback and actually changing our behavior as a result of what our constituents want or are concerned about,” Sen. Comerford told 22News. 

Commerford’s March Academy will feature 45-minute interactive ‘teach-ins’ to provide an overview of priority bills on a particular issue.  

The teach-in videos will cover everything from Education and Healthcare to Revenue and Regional Development. Constituents will have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments during the ‘teach-ins.’ 

The teach-ins will also feature staff from Commerford’s district team. 

Sometimes a special guest will be invited to speak about the impact of the proposed legislation. 

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