From Boston Herald: Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis praised the sunlight of public scrutiny as “the best of disinfectants.” The dark and dusty corners of Massachusetts government need far more sunshine.
The commonwealth enacted its public records law in 1966, the same year Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act. While the world looks very different than it did in the age of LBJ and Gov. John Volpe, our public records law becomes more antiquated each year, leaving far too many avenues for officials to avoid disclosure.
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From Patriot Ledger: BOSTON — News media representatives lobbied a legislative committee Tuesday, hoping to relegate to history the current, often slow and expensive process of obtaining official government records.
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From The Boston Globe: BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing bills designed to make it easier for the public to obtain state records.
Among the bills are proposals to increase access to public records in an electronic format or over the Internet, rather than with paper copies.
Visit The Boston Globe for more.
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From The Valley Patriot: Records obtained by the Valley Patriot reveal that Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua has spent a stunning amount of state taxpayer’s money, ($32,178.51) to fight the release of public records regarding legal bills and rental payments to a private law firm representing the City of Lawrence on worker’s compensation claims.
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From New England First Amendment Center:
Emails dealing with public business sent or received by public
officials from their personal email accounts are public records,
according to a ruling by the Massachusetts secretary of state.
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From The Herald News:
The Diman School Committee addressed an open meetings complaint filed by a Swansea resident during its session Thursday.
The complaint was filed by Patrick Higgins, a candidate for the Swansea Recreation Commission. It stated that the School Committee’s agendas did not include enough detail.
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