Instead of improving enforcement, the Legislature decided to allow municipal agencies to grant themselves up to 25 business days to produce records
Testimony from state’s agency that oversees the public records law shows how little they care about the public’s access to records
In response to our recent column, Pittsfield police say they will not prevent future loss of evidence, while Berkshire DA calls his office’s failure to review evidence before a court date fair and ethical
Western Mass city loses police records, DA keeps failure secret
In the Commonwealth, even paying for public records doesn’t guarantee you’ll get them
They repeated these falsehoods to Kane-McGunigle, us, the Boston Globe, and to Galvin’s office.
To be fair, it might be awkward for Healey to pursue violations given that her own office has trouble following the public records law.
If the best parts of the Senate bill survive and the worst provisions in the House bill are scrapped, then the Massachusetts public records law might become a little bit less broken.
There are a few possible solutions. One would be giving Galvin’s office more power to enforce the law. Another would be to streamline the process by eliminating Galvin’s role entirely and having the AG’s office handle the process from start to finish.