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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1036        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1520

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kathleen O'Connor Ives, (BY REQUEST)

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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 relative to obtaining information.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Thomas Duggan

47 Brightwood Ave.
North Andover, MA 01845


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1036        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1520

By Ms. O'Connor Ives (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1520) of Thomas Duggan for legislation relative to public records request.  State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. 

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to obtaining information.

 

              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.  Chapter 66 section 10 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out paragraph (b) and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

              (b) A custodian of a public record shall, within ten days following receipt of a request for inspection or copy of a public record, comply with such request. Such request may be delivered in hand to the office of the custodian or mailed via first class mail. If the custodian refuses or fails to comply with such a request, the person making the request may petition the supervisor of records for a determination whether the record requested is public. Upon the determination by the supervisor of records that the record is public, he shall order the custodian of the public record to comply with the person’s request. If the custodian refuses or fails to comply with any such order, the supervisor of records may notify the attorney general or the appropriate district attorney thereof who may take whatever measures he deems necessary to insure compliance with the provisions of this section.  If the custodian has not complied within 30 days of receipt of the supervisors order, a fifty dollar penalty shall accrue daily until compliance by custodian.  The administrative remedy provided by this section shall in no way limit the availability of the administrative remedies provided by the commissioner of administration and finance with respect to any officer or employee of any agency, executive office, department or board; nor shall the administrative remedy provided by this section in any way limit the availability of judicial remedies otherwise available to any person requesting a public record. If a custodian of a public record refuses or fails to comply with the request of any person for inspection or copy of a public record or with an administrative order under this section, the supreme judicial or superior court shall have jurisdiction to order compliance.  The non-compliant custodian of records shall assume the court costs incurred by the requestor of records after 60 days of the original request.

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