Public Records Reform Hearing Media Round Up

Posted on May 28, 2015

This past Tuesday, May 26th, with standing room only, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard testimony on bills to fix our broken public records system. Currently, our law, which is supposed to make executive and municipal records open if not specifically exempt, is broken and instead blocks citizens’ access to what should be free information. Due to outdated technology, bureaucratic complexity and delay, as well as weak enforcement mechanisms that promote noncompliance, those with a need – and right – to know what their government is doing are unable to find out. Common Cause has therefore joined with other groups in the Massachusetts Freedom of Information Alliance to push for a reformed public records law. We testified together at Tuesday’s hearing, and with unprecedented support for reform in the media, we have succeeded in getting our message heard across the state.

Below is a round up detailing some of the coverage we have gotten and the momentum that is building in our favor!

And if you haven’t acted on this issue yourself already, please do so here.


Boston Globe - Many urging Mass. to ease access to public records, Public Records Law Blasted at State House Hearing

Common Cause Bulletin - Outpouring of support in favor of Mass. Public Records Modernization Bills

Worcester Telegram - Weak public records law assailed at Statehouse hearing

Daily Hampshire Gazette - State Rep. Peter Kocot backs legislation to update Massachusetts Public Record Law

FOX Boston - Lack of Government Transparency in Mass. Under Review

South Coast Today - Rep. Antonio Cabral: State's public records law must change

The Andover Townsman - Editorial: Time to reform public records law

Commonwealth Magazine - Public Records Issue Gets Heavy Coverage

Boston Herald - Top State Official Trying to Toughen Public Records Law

Eagle-Tribune - Lawmakers Urged to Updater Archaic Public Records Laws


Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Pam Wilmot in Support of Public Records Reform

MASSPIRG Legislative Director Deidre Cummings' Testimony in Support of Improving Access to Public Records

MuckRock's Testimony for Public Records Reform in Massachusetts

New England First Amendment Coalition

Mass FOIA Sign on Testimony

Office: Common Cause Massachusetts, Common Cause National

Issues: Open Government, More Democracy Reforms

Tags: 21st Century Public Records

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