Massachusetts Committee OKs Bill Overhauling State Public Records Law

A bill aimed at overhauling the state’s public records law has cleared a key hurdle, bringing it one step closer to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

The bill would require public records requests to be completed in 10 days. If the agency or municipality can’t comply, the person in charge of producing the records must explain the reasons for the delay. A one-time extension could be granted.  Continue…

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Massachusetts senator seeks to strengthen public records law

Seeking to strengthen the state’s public records law to provide increased public access to government information, Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr has filed a number of amendments to the public records legislation released last week by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

The bill is expected to be taken up in the Senate formal session on Feb. 4.

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EDITORIAL: Massachusetts public records reform can’t wait

A final redraft of a long-in-the-works bill to improve access to public records in Massachusetts could be introduced to the House floor soon. It's about time.

People connected to the process are saying the bill’s language will provide timely access while taking into account agency and municipal concerns over aggressive deadlines and limits to recouping costs. A bill to satisfy all sides?

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Mass. lawmakers: Make it easier for residents to get records

From Lowellsun.com: BOSTON — Area lawmakers are hoping a series of proposed bills will provide better and cheaper public access to government records by moving the costly and time consuming paper chase online.

“Electronic copies should be able to download and people can take what they want,” said Rep. Dave Nangle, D-Lowell, a member of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, which met last month to consider ways to speed access to public records.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for November 15, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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