During the 2013-2014 session, Jamie filed the following pieces of legislation to increase transparency and promote efficiency in our state government:
An Act promoting efficiency and transparency in economic development
Massachusetts invests heavily in economic development each year, and yet we currently lack the data necessary to assess total spending or to judge the impact of our economic development investments. To increase the efficiency of the state’s economic development agencies, we need to collect the performance management data that will allow us to make informed decisions and ensure that our economic development dollars are being spent as efficiently as possible. This bill will promote efficiency, accountability and transparency by improving the tracking, reporting and evaluation of the tax breaks and will hold businesses accountable by requiring them to give the money back if they fail to deliver on their job creation or retention commitments.
An Act relative to transparency of economic development spending
This bill will promote transparency in economic development spending by ensuring that all relevant information about economic development spending is available to those who foot the bill – the taxpaying public. It will present the total picture of all economic development spending, both through the state and by cities and towns, in one unified budget.
An Act enhancing access to electronic public records
This bill will make it routine for electronic public records to be provided to requestors in usable electronic form, and for information of significant interest to the public to be posted online.
An Act improving access to public records
This bill will improve access to public records by reducing and rationalizing the fees requestors must pay to obtain records, permitting requestors to obtain attorneys’ fees if they have been denied access to public records without valid reasons, and putting systems in place to facilitate state agencies’ management of public records requests.
An Act defining court administrative records as public records
This bill defines records within administrative offices of the courts, including Probation and the Office of the Chief Justice for Administration and Management, as public records subject to freedom of information requests. It does not apply the public records law to confidential criminal justice records or other court records.