AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ORDERLY DISTRIBUTION OF STATE PUBLICATIONS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 5 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section
6 the following section:-
Section 6A. Each state agency shall also provide two copies of its
publication, as defined in section thirty-nine of chapter six to the state
secretary, one of which shall be retained for two years as a reference
copy. The state secretary shall determine which publications are of
sufficient public interest and may then either reproduce the publications in
appropriate quantities or acquire the publications in appropriate
quantities directly from the issuing agency, at the cost of printing, for
distribution by said secretary.
Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 39
in place thereof the following section:-
Section 39. As used in sections thirty-nine to thirty-nine B,
inclusive, the following words shall have the following meanings, unless
the context otherwise requires:-
"Agency", each agency, office, state-supported institution of higher
education, department, authority, executive office, bureau, officer, board,
committee, task force, commission, special commission, division, executive
office of the commonwealth, whether permanent or temporary in nature,
including any state agency supported wholly or in part by public funds.
"Publication", any document, study, rule, regulation, report, directory,
pamphlet, brochure, periodical, newsletter, bibliography, microphotographic
form, tape or disc recording, annual, biennial or special report,
statistical compendium, or other printed material regardless of its format
or manner of duplication, issued in the name of or at the request of any
agency of the commonwealth or produced and issued as part of a contract
entered into by any agency of the commonwealth regardless of the source of
funding, provided they constitute "public records" as defined in clause
Twenty-sixth of section seven of chapter four, excepting correspondence,
blank forms, and university press publications.
"Regional public libraries", those libraries as defined in section
nineteen C of chapter seventy-eight. These definitions shall not include
any records of the general court.
Said chapter 6 is hereby further amended by striking out section 39A,
inserted by chapter 259 of the acts of 1966, and inserting in place thereof
the following two sections:-
Section 39A. (1) In order that all state publications of the
commonwealth are preserved and made available for the use of citizens of
the state, the state library is hereby designated as the depository library
for Massachusetts state publications.
(2) The state library shall maintain a complete collection of
Massachusetts state publications, both current and historic.
(3) A depository library system, providing for the distribution of state
documents to the Library of Congress and to each of the regional public
libraries in the state shall be established and maintained by the state library.
Section 39B. Each state agency shall furnish the state library
eight copies of its publications. Said copies shall be forwarded to the
state library no later than five working days after they are received from
the printer or contractor. The state library shall make three copies
available for public consultation in the library and for permanent
historic preservation by the library. The others shall be provided to the
Library of Congress and to each of the state's regional public libraries.