In May, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette filed two complaints with the Sturbridge, Mass., Board of Selectmen – one over an executive session and the other over remote participation in an open meeting.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette files 2 Open Meeting Law Complaints against Sturbridge selectmen in May
When a state contracts out a government function to a private contractor, does the contractor become subject to the state’s public records act? That’s the question posed by a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Vermont last week on behalf of Prison Legal News, a monthly periodical.
As someone who has filed many Massachusetts public records requests, I have developed certain narratives that help me get the records I need for my reporting. I would like to share them with you.
The press corps and the Vermont chapter of the ACLU scored a major victory in the Vermont Legislature last week. Lawmakers approved a change in the public records law that gives citizens access to records associated with police investigations of criminal activity. Gov. Peter Shumlin supported opening police records to public scrutiny, and he is expected to sign the legislation into law this month.