City Council President Bill Linehan today blocked a vote to force Boston 2024 officials to show up with secret documents related to Olympic financing - until at least the council's next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 12.
Although council proposals rarely get voted on the first time they are formally proposed, a majority of the council indicated today they would support suspending the rules to back Councilor Tito Jackson's request for a subpoena for Boston 2024 - and a demand that officials there bring with them the two chapters of their initial bid to the USOC that they have refused to make public. The chapters relate to financial and political commitments for the proposed 2024 Olympics.
Councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain), Ayanna Pressley (at-large), Michelle Wu (at-large), Steve Murphy (at-large), Josh Zakim (Back Bay) and Charles Yancey (Dorchester) said they would support Jackson.
But Linehan instead ordered the proposed subpoena sent to the Committee of the Whole - a committee that includes all council members - for review. Linehan chairs that committee and will decide when the matter comes up for consideration there.
After the meeting, Jackson said the council rule cited by Linehan to block action today "says this will be taken up at the next meeting. I believe today that we could have put the rule aside and actually expedited the process but it's my expectation that we will take it up at the next meeting."