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MA Senate Passes Public Records Reform Bill

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 3:16 pm on February 4, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed legislation reforming how the state handles public records. The legislation, originally sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis, is the first update to the public records law since the early 1970s.

Karen Spilka

Sen. Karen E. Spilka, (D-Ashland)

"An accessible, transparent government is fundamental to the democratic process," said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "This bill strengthens our public records law to improve access and make the process of requesting records simpler, clearer and more fair. Thank you to my colleagues in the Senate and advocates on all sides of this issue for engaging in a collaborative effort to bring our public records law into the 21st century, while providing flexibility for municipalities and agencies."

The legislation will reduce costs for records requestors and ensure timely compliance with public records requests. The bill also brings Massachusetts in line with 47 other states and the federal government in allowing attorney’s fees to be awarded to plaintiffs who are victorious in court when denied records. The bill requires attorney fees to be awarded, except in certain defined situations.

Under the legislation, each state agency and municipality is required to appoint at least one public records access officer to serve as the point of contact for all public records requests and ...[read more]


Framingham State RAMs Football over Plymouth State After Strong Second Half

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 3:22 pm on October 24, 2015
Framingham State RAMS

Framingham State RAMS

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University football team received three turnovers from their defense which the offense converted into 14 points as the Rams defeated Plymouth State University 34-3 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this afternoon at Framingham’s Bowditch Field.

With the win, the Rams remain atop the MASCAC standings at 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, while the Panthers slip to 2-5 on the year and now 1-4 in the MASCAC.

Senior linebacker Greg Peschel (Taunton, Mass.) paced the defense with seven tackles, all solo, to go along with a tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery that led to ...[read more]


FSU RAMS Football Defense Propels Team to 26-14 Victory over UMass Dartmouth

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 6:26 pm on October 3, 2015
Framingham State RAMS

Framingham State RAMS

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University football team forced five turnovers which they converted into 19 points as the Rams defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 26-14 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this afternoon at Maple Street Field.

Entering the game both teams were 2-0 in the MASCAC and with the victory, the Rams remain unblemished in the conference at 3-0 and 4-1 overall.   The Corsairs fall to 3-2 on the year and are now 2-1 in the MASCAC.

The Rams defense held the Corsairs to 188 yards of total offense – 111 rushing and 77 passing – in addition to forcing the five turnovers.  The Rams recorded four interceptions and recovered a fumble that led to three Framingham touchdowns.

The Rams first touchdown of the game – a two yard run by senior Matt Mangano (Winchester, Mass.) – was set up by an interception from ...[read more]


Senate Passes Bill to Repeal License Suspensions for Non-driving Drug Offenses

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 5:04 pm on September 24, 2015
Karen Spilka

MA Sen. Karen Spilka, a "Champion for Change"

FRAMINGHAM - The Massachusetts Senate today voted in favor of Senate Bill 2014, An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension, Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.

This bill repeals the current law that subjects individuals convicted of a non-violent drug offense to an automatic license suspension for up to five years and a license reinstatement fee of $500, even if the offense does not involve motor vehicles in any way. Thirty-four states, including every other New England state, have already taken action to repeal similar laws.

The bill would have no effect on license suspension penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, and only removes the outdated state requirement that penalizes every drug offense with ...[read more]


Access Framingham-Beat Information Night

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 1:00 pm on February 12, 2015
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AF-TV, Public Access Television in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Be a part of Framingham's Own News Program! Find out about Framingham's own news show -- "The Framingham Beat".

Access Framingham is looking for a few Framingham residents to be News Anchors, Reporters, or Segment Producers and help tell the stories of our neighborhoods.

On Wednesday, Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Access Framingham will be having a Framingham Beat Information night.  You can see the studio, practice reading a news script, and ask questions about the different roles needed to put together a news program.  No experience is necessary, just a desire to help communicate all the great stories happening around Framingham.  Please call to register at 508-875-5434 or email info@accessfram.tv

Access Framingham is a membership based organization which provides training with video recording and editing equipment as well as access to our cable television channel to show locally recorded programming.

AF-TV’s local production studio is located in the back of the Fuller Middle School, at 31 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA.

AF-TV can be seen in the Town of Framingham on Comcast Channel 9, RCN Channel 3, and Verizon Channel 43.  For more information about Access Framingham programming, training, and services, you can also visit us online at www.accessfram.tv

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