Massachusetts: Lawmakers back open government reforms – but not for themselves

BOSTON — Reform of the decades-old public records law is getting strong support on Beacon Hill, but many lawmakers balk at lifting exemptions to open-government laws that shield much of their work from public view.

Lawmakers could vote this week on a proposal filed by Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, and Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton to limit fees for requests for government records. It directs cities, towns and government agencies to appoint someone to handle such requests and make available electronic versions of documents.  Continue>>>