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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1411        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1513


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Richard T. Moore


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to eliminate waste and improve public oversight of state agencies.






Richard T. Moore

Worcester and Norfolk

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1411        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1513

By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1513) of Richard T. Moore, Jason M. Lewis, Angelo L. D'Emilia, Michael O. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation to eliminate waste and improve public oversight of state agencies.  State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 1604 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to eliminate waste and improve public oversight of state agencies.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

                              SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of general or special law to the contrary, every agency, authority or other unit of state government that is required by law or regulation to issue an annual report shall issue such report in electronic format and shall not be required to print and distribute said report.  Each agency required to issue an annual report shall post such report in a format available to the public and shall solicit public comment relative to the contents of said report.  Each such agency shall promulgate rules and regulations to ensure review and appropriate consideration of any public comments so received, and shall include a summary of such actions in the next subsequent annual report.

                              For the purposes of this section, "state agency" shall mean:

                              (1) An executive office, department, commission, board, office, or other agency that is in the executive branch of state government or any public authority that was established by the constitution or a statute of the commonwealth;

                              (2) The state university system or a public institution of higher education.

                              SECTION 2.  Section 15 of Chapter 7 of the General laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end of the first sentence, the following: - provided, further, that no bill for printing shall be approved, unless the agency requesting approval shall satisfactorily demonstrate that the document or documents to be printed could not have been provided in electronic or digital format and made available to the public in a manner that could be downloaded and printed by anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the document or documents.

                              SECTION 3.  Section 15 of Chapter 7 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting in the second sentence, after the words "expert in printing," the words: - or an expert in information technology.

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