Monday, June 20, 2016


WESTFIELD – State Senator Don Humason recently received a Massachusetts Public Service Award from Common Cause, a leading advocacy group for transparency and openness in government, for his work on recently passed legislation that updates the state’s public records law.


“I appreciate this award from Common Cause in recognition of the hard work that I had the honor of sharing in with my fellow conferees,” said Senator Don Humason. “At the end of the day, our work resulted in a sensible, balanced update to an outdated law that was over forty years old.”


Humason was one of three Senators appointed to the Conference Committee that was tasked with crafting final legislation based on differing version of the bill passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Governor signed the Committee’s bill into law on June 6, 2016.


"We were delighted to honor Senator Humason and the other conferees for their terrific work on the public records bill. Senator Humason was an advocate for transparency from the start and was a pleasure to work with as part of the conference committee. Kudos to him and to the other conference committee members who made such a great bill possible," said Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause.


Senator Humason received the award at Common Cause’s annual event, entitled Building a More Perfect Democracy. Senators Lovely and Lewis, who rounded out the Senate’s Conferees, also accepted awards at the event. Additional recipients at this year’s event included economist and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, former Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission Peter Sturges, and Janis McQuarrie, a citizen activist and long-time member of Common Cause. Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis also spoke during the event.


Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.


Senator Humason represents the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, which consists of the cities of Agawam, Easthampton, Holyoke, Westfield, and parts of the city of Chicopee; and the towns of Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick and Tolland. 


The Senator maintains a district office for the convenience of his constituents and encourages them to contact him at his district office at 64 Noble Street in Westfield, Massachusetts 01085, (413) 568-1366; or his Boston office, State House, Room 313A, Boston, Massachusetts 02133, (617) 722-1415.  His email address is

                Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause, and State Senator Don Humason