"The Massachusetts state government's attempt to push open
source software is being challenged by one state lawmaker who is
questioning the state IT leadership's actions.
"'We want to know what their authority is,' said Senator Marc
Pacheco, who has formally asked the head of the state's Office of
Administration and Finance (OAF) to provide him with the
legislative authority for its relatively new policy of advocating
open source software.
"In a letter to Secretary Eric Kriss of the OAF, Senator Pacheco
asked: '1. Under what legal authority is the Administration
purporting to act in implementing its Open Source/Open Standards
Policy; and 2. Please explain how the policy, which appears to be a
preferential policy, does not run afoul of the Massachusetts