"The option for remote participation was an extraordinary expansion of democracy. What a civic gift.
This new window into how our government works, and how our elected, publicly-funded officials carry out the people’s business is the best civics course of all.
Virtual participation and observation also let students and working parents and mobility-limited residents, all be ACTIVE participants in our state’s democratic governance.
So let’s not go back to the “Only paid-lobbyists need apply” model. Please don’t go back to the model of requiring people to drive to Annapolis and cool their heels for hours waiting to testify for two minutes."