LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION WHIFFS ON PUBLIC RECORDS REPORT
By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 10, 2018....After holding on to their public records law exemption in a landmark 2016 reform law aimed at making government more transparent, lawmakers assigned to come up with ways to open up the Legislature have now blown past two deadlines and are entering 2019 without consensus recommendations.
Sen. Walter Timilty of Milton and Rep. Jennifer Benson of Lunenburg chaired the Special Legislative Commission on Public Records. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS/File 2018]
In late 2017, as a statutory deadline approached for a commission tasked with studying the public availability of legislative records and information, the group had yet to meet, and lawmakers gave their colleagues on the panel another year to complete their work.
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