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Massachusetts State Police take issue with tougher records law

State Police have objected to a proposal to strengthen Massachusetts public records laws in meetings on Beacon Hill, the latest sign of government resistance to a measure designed to make documents more readily available to the public.

State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon and a State Police lieutenant “expressed a number of concerns about the bill” in two meetings with House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo over the last four months, according to Seth Gitell, a DeLeo spokesman.

Neither the State Police nor Gitell would provide details about the objections, but the force has repeatedly clashed with journalists over its refusal to release some documents, such as information about troopers charged with operating under the influence. Continue…