Statement by Pamela Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, on Governor Baker Signing Public Records Reform "We are extremely pleased that Governor Baker today signed the public records reform act, recently passed by...
How public are Public Records? Not very and it's time for an update.
Our public records law is broken. Journalists, concerned citizens, and others with a need -- and right -- to know how our government is working often can't get information. Executive branch and municipal records are supposed to be public unless specifically exempt, but they have become functionally inaccessible due to excessive cost, technological barriers, and administrative obstruction or delay.
The law hasn't been substantially updated since 1973. It's time to bring our public records law into the 21st century.
Read more about the public records reform we are working on.