Contact: Melissa Threadgill – 617-722-1120 – Melissa.Threadgill@MASenate.gov
Public Records Reform Bills to Be Heard Tuesday
Bills will improve access & modernize public records system
WHAT: The Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight will hear bills relative to the public records law and open meeting law, including the following filed by State Senator Jamie Eldridge:
- S1575: An Act to Enhance Access to Electronic Public Records, which 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.
- S1576: An Act to Improve Access to Public Records, which 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
WHEN: Tuesday, September 20th
WHO: Legislators, advocates, policy experts and frequent users of the public records system are expected to testify.
WHY: Open, transparent government is essential for a healthy democracy, and our public records law is one of the most important tools citizens have for holding government accountable. Over the years, however, it’s become more and more difficult for the public to obtain records – the costs are often high and the responses to requests untimely. These bills would help ensure that records that are legally supposed to be public truly are.