The Boston Globe ran an article today on Massachusetts’ broken public record system. They had Northeastern students request basic public information from every city and town in Massachusetts. Few responded in the required ten days, and many quoted exorbitant fees to produce the records.
I request public records fairly often for my practice, and this mirrors my experience. Requests are never acknowledged within ten days, compliance is laggardly at best, and flimsy excuses why the records cannot be produced or cost a gazillion dollars are a dime a dozen (if only records were so cheap). [Read more…]