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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]


Household Hazardous Waste Day - Sept. 28th, 2013

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 5:41 am on September 7, 2013
Framingham 2013 Household Hazardous Waste Day

Click image above to download a printable (.PDF) copy of the 2013 Framingham Household Hazardous Waste Day flyer.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Town of Framingham has announced the details of the 2013 "Household Hazardous Waste Day" which will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013, at McCarthy Elementary, 8 Flagg Drive from 9:00am - 1:00pm, (with NO late arrivals!)

The recycling and disposal program is open to Framingham residents only, (who must show Framingham license).  There is no cost for residents to participate.

ACCEPTED ITEMS:

From your house: Aerosol paint cans • Ammonia • Bleaches • Chemistry sets • Cleaners ...[read more]


Board, Committee and Commission Positions Available

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 2:12 pm on May 1, 2012
Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

FRAMINGHAM, MA - One of the duties of the Framingham Board of Selectmen, ("BOS"), is to appoint residents to serve on various boards, committees, and commissions.

The BOS has published the following list of vacancies that it is seeking to fill:

  • Agricultural Advisory Commission - 2 Positions
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - 1 Position
  • Board of Health - 1 Position
  • Cable Advisory Committee - Position
  • Community Development Committee - 7 Positions
  • Conservation Commission - 2 Positions ...[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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Town of Framingham Now Accepts Online Tax Payments

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 9:43 pm on July 20, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- The Town of Framingham is pleased to offer taxpayers the ability to pay Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills on-line, selecting MCC eBill, one of the fastest growing municipal bill payment services in Massachusetts, to process payments. This new customer service is effective immediately providing an additional option for the payment of outstanding real estate and personal property taxes. Other bill paying offerings will be phased in over time.

eBill accepts verified tax information from the Town and posts it on the eBill website (www.mcc.net) so residents can view and pay their bill. Access to their website is via a link from the Town’s website www.FraminghamMA.gov.

To make payments online, Tax Payers must first register on eBill. Once the online registration page is completed and the account is activated, residents can authorize electronic transfers from their bank account or by using an American Express credit card. The only information needed to complete a payment on eBill is your current bill and valid bank account or American Express credit card information.

The convenience fee for paying your bill online via ACH (electronic check, payments made using a checking or savings bank account) at 25 cents, is cheaper than a stamp.

Registering is easy and requires minimal information from you.

Please contact the Treasurer/Collector’s Office with any questions: Tel: (508)628-1311, Treasurer@framinghamma.org.


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