Plastic Bag Ordinance Documents (Records Access Officer)

Gina Vitale filed this request with the Records Access Officer of Boston, MA.

It is a clone of this request.

Multi Request Plastic Bag Ordinance Documents
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From: Gina Vitale

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any documents or communications regarding the Plastic Bag Ordinance of Boston, MA dated December 1, 2016 or any date thereafter.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Gina Vitale

From: Records Access Officer

Ms. Vitale:

Our office received your public records request.

I have attached the Plastic Bag Ordinance for your review. At this point,
I could only send it to you as a PDF.

I have also forwarded your request to Central Staff at the Boston City
Council as you requested any and all documents relating to the Plastic Bag
Ordinance which involves the public hearings and minutes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.



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Date: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 3:48 PM
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*Alex Geourntas*
*Assistant City Clerk*
Boston City Hall - Room 601
Boston, MA 02201
617-635-4658 (fax)

From: Records Access Officer

To Ms. Vitale,

This email is in response to your public records request received by the
City Council on January 23, 2019. Pursuant to your request, you are
seeking the following:

"A copy of any documents or communications regarding the Plastic Bag
Ordinance of Boston, MA dated December 1, 2016 or any date thereafter."

Attached are the records responsive to your request.

This response applies only to records that exist and are in the custody of
the City Council. See A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, p.
32, n.115. It is expected that a custodian of records must use her
superior knowledge of her records with respect to responses to public
records requests. 950 CMR 32.04(5).

You may appeal this response to the Supervisor of Records in the Office of
the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, § 10A; G. L. c. 66, § 10A
(c); 950 CMR 32.08; 950 CMR 32.08(1)(h) (in petitioning the Supervisor, the
requester shall provide a copy of such petition to the records access
officer associated with such petition). Also, you have the right to seek
judicial review of an unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in
the superior court. G.L c. 66, § 10A (c).

Very truly yours,
Christine O'Donnell

Christine O’Donnell, Esq.

Compliance Director & Staff Counsel

Boston City Council

Boston City Hall

Boston City Council, 5th Floor

Tel: 617-635-1185

Fax: 617-635-4203

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