Boston Herald renews call to reform public records law
An editorial from the Boston Herald has called again for reforms to the state's public records laws.
Massachusetts, Hub of the Universe and incubator of all manner of promising new technologies has remained in the Dark Ages when it comes to its public records law — which should allow citizens and the media to know how public dollars are being spent and how officials conduct the public’s business. ...
Now nothing is ever over till it’s over in the state. There is always the possibility of mischief by amendment on the Senate floor. Then, of course, the all-important effort at reconciling this with the weaker House version. But there is enormous support for this bill certainly among media organizations, but also by groups like Common Cause and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Public officials worried about the eroding trust in government have nothing to fear — and everything to gain — by supporting a bill that will shine more light on the public sector.