Boston-Today the Massachusetts Legislature released a compromise conference committee report reforming how the state handles public records. The legislation is the first update to public records law since the early 1970s.
“Today the joint committee has paved the way for the legislature to vote on badly needed, substantial public records reform – our first in over 40 years. The bill increases transparency, and improves access by increasing affordability and shortening turnaround time. When the legislature passes the bill, and the governor signs it, we will be able to look forward to greater transparency, civic engagement, and better governance,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).