All tagged Public Records Law
In Massachusetts, the records law is routinely ignored because it is completely unenforced—so there’s zero penalty for agencies that either actively choose not to comply or simply don’t care enough to respond to requests. The failure of the records law is critical because right now, it’s allowing governmental agencies to assist ICE under the table and beyond public scrutiny.
This is a critical time in our country. We are witnessing the end of due process and the beginning of indefinite detention in internment camps. Without transparency, we are allowing actors within our local government to support this historically horrifying agenda without consequence.
The Massachusetts Public Records Law is so dysfunctional that after months of appeals there still isn’t any way to get records related to how the Shirley Police Department mishandled complaints made against officers.
The updated Massachusetts public records law is worse than I predicted, and I basically predicted doom.
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin doesn’t seem to care about what the public has to say about access to records in Massachusetts. In a sham hearing Galvin’s surrogate, Steven Shorey, listened to about an hour of verbal testimony and wrote down nothing whatsoever. Questioned about the lack of notes, he clarified that no one from his office was taking any type of recordings.