Andy Updegrove kindly provides on Consortiuminfo.org his play-by-play notes from the Senate Reading Room on Beacon Hill, today (Wednesday, December 14, 2005).
This always looked like a constructive effort on the part of moderate members of the Massachusetts State Senate to hear more-balanced views of the technical & economic merits of The Commonwealth (Executive Branch) computer department's policy ("ETRM 3.5") to adopt an open file format for office documents ("OpenDocument")...and for Alan Yates to continue to embarrass himself & his employer.
Judging from the tone of Andy's notes, this appears to have been the case.
Sun's Peter Korn has kindly posted the meeting's agenda.
Look for a audio transcript of the session somewhwere soon.