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NEFAC, MassFOIA Partners Submit Comments on Proposed Public Records Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today released comments on recently proposed regulations governing the new Massachusetts public records statute. The regulations are intended to reflect the first significant changes to the state’s public records law in more than 40 years. The comments were submitted jointly on behalf […]

Statement of MassFOIA On Secretary Galvin’s Public Records Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Secretary William F. Galvin filed on Monday an initiative petition to revise the state public records law. The Massachusetts Freedom of Information Alliance (MassFOIA), a network of more than 40 groups committed to reforming the state public records law, including the New England First Amendment Coalition, does not support the petition. Rather, […]

MassFOIA Renews Call for Mass. Public Records Law Reform in Wake of Governor’s Administrative Guidance

NEFAC, Open Government Groups Call Memo to Cabinet Secretaries a Positive, But Limited Step  The Massachusetts Freedom of Information Alliance, a network of more than 40 groups committed to reforming the state public records law, today commended Gov. Charlie Baker for issuing guidance to improve state executive agencies’ handling of requests for information, but emphasized […]

Share Your Massachusetts Public Records Story; MassFOIA Survey to Help Identify Law Weaknesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Massachusetts Freedom of Information Alliance is asking public record requesters to complete a survey designed to identify weaknesses in the state’s public records law. MassFOIA — consisting of the ACLU of Massachusetts, Common Cause Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, the New England First Amendment Coalition, and other like-minded organizations — created the survey and will use the results […]

Amicus Briefs and Letters 2016

Detroit Free Press v. U.S. Dept. of Justice (Dec. 23, 2016) Does the Freedom of Information Act require disclosure of booking photos of publicly named, federal indictees who have already appeared in open court? In Re Gawker Media, LLC (Dec. 5, 2016) The liquidation plan in this proceeding contains third-party release and injunction provisions that […]

It’s #GivingTuesday — Give Your Support to the First Amendment and Open Government

Our freedom to learn about our leaders and to speak about what matters most is always at risk. The New England First Amendment Coalition is celebrating 10 years of protecting those freedoms and helping to hold our government accountable. Help us now prepare for another decade of advocacy. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving […]

A Victory for Transparency: Mass. Public Records Reform Bill Signed into Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law today legislation that will improve access to public records and provide recourse to citizens unjustly denied government information. The New England First Amendment Coalition, a steering member of the Massachusetts Freedom of Information Alliance, has been a leader in […]

Now is Time to Reform Public Records Law; Senate Needs to Make Most of Opportunity

By Justin Silverman The Massachusetts Senate released this week a bill that could help fix our broken public records law. While the legislation (S.2120) is much stronger than the lackluster proposal by the House last year, the Senate needs to now decide the fate of the many proposed amendments that could drastically affect the future […]

Open Government Groups Applaud Mass. Senate Public Records Legislation, Call it a Strong Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The Massachusetts State Senate today released legislation to reform the Massachusetts public records law and announced a vote on the subject next week. Open government groups which comprise the steering committee of the Massachusetts Freedom of Information Alliance — including the New England First Amendment Coalition […]