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Closed Meeting Crash

This project will evaluate Massachusetts municipalities’ responsiveness to records requests, as well as which have kept up with reviewing and releasing the executive session minutes of their local boards, and which have not.

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Small town Massachusetts agencies provide quick turnarounds for records requesters

Small town Massachusetts agencies provide quick turnarounds for records requesters

Getting records from your local agency can oftentimes bring headaches, long delays, and even lawsuits. Yet some municipalities in Massachusetts are proving the stereotypes wrong and releasing records in the blink of an eye.

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In Massachusetts, quasi-government entities face blurred lines in transparency and oversight

In Massachusetts, quasi-government entities face blurred lines in transparency and oversight

Taxpayer funds are a key part in sustaining public services and our overall government. Our democracy is responsible for government oversight and ensuring the process of checks and balances works. But with some entities operating in both the public and private sectors, many quasi-government entities opt for the secrecy afforded to private companies.

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Sunshine Spotlight: Massachusetts - A newsletter tracking public records woes in the Bay State

Sunshine Spotlight: Massachusetts - A newsletter tracking public records woes in the Bay State

Changes to the Massachusetts Public Records Law went into effect in January 2017, but much like the old version of the law, the new rules are only as effective as those charged with enforcing it will allow it to be. MuckRock is launching a newsletter to keep residents and journalists informed about the various public record request debacles requesters run up against.

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Why do you have to be so rude, Fall River?

Why do you have to be so rude, Fall River?

While many government agencies are staffed with records access officers who are more than happy to assist the public, some are seriously committed to keeping those files away from prying eyes. Enter Fall River District Court.

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Hanson, Massachusetts refuses to release report it had previously released five years ago

Hanson, Massachusetts refuses to release report it had previously released five years ago

A police chief resigned in 2012, pressured in part by an investigation by a private firm. Its findings were soon released to area papers, but years later, the same town refuses to release the same report, claiming that it now has the authority to keep private the findings and its past malfeasance.

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