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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]


Presidents and Kings Speak Out on Debt Ceiling Issue

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized by News Staff at 12:02 pm on August 1, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - With no final vote having taken place, and no actual legislation enacted, some camps are claiming victory, some decrying losses and most just knocking the process of raising the nation's debt ceiling so the country can continue to pay its bills.

President Obama released a 2 minute, 20 second YouTube video with his thoughts on the agreement the two major political parties have made.

There is still a slight chance that a Congressman or State Representative, possibly from the Tea Party -- or even a dissenting ...[read more]


State Reps. Sanicandro and Walsh Office Hours

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 3:59 pm on May 16, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham's two State Representatives, Tom Sannicandro and Chris Walsh invite the public to join them for coffee and conversation from 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Friday, May 27, 2011 at Chris Walsh's local office, 9 Vernon St., Framingham, MA, (which is located just off Edgell Rd. next to the Framingham Centre Common).

The two State Reps. will update constituents on the latest news and events and look forward to addressing any questions or concerns you may have.

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Voting Registration Deadlines

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 5:41 pm on December 28, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Wednesday, Dec. 30 2009 is the deadline to register to vote for the Jan. 19, 2010 Sspecial Senate Election.

Thursday, Dec. 31 is the deadline to be enrolled as a Democrat or Republican in order to participate in the 2010 party caucuses and conventions, which nominate candidates for statewide offices.

The Framingham Democratic Town Committee holds its caucus 2/21 to elect delegates to the state convention (June 4-5). For more information, www.framinghamdems.org


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