A bill filed by the new state inspector general to give his office the unfettered right to question anyone under oath should not be acted upon before January, and then only after ample public debate on the pros and cons of such a major change, government watchdog and civil liberties groups said on Sunday. “To change something of this magnitude deserves thorough vetting and not be treated as an amendment to a budget bill,” said Pamela Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause of Massachusetts, a government watchdog.
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