Public Records Reform: Take Action

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The 189th Legislative Session is halfway over, and now’s the time to check in on how our representatives on Beacon Hill are doing: Have they taken action on our progressive priorities? We’ll be releasing our 189th Session scorecards, so far, soon. (prior scorecards can be found at progressivemass.com/scorecard)

But we can only “score” votes that ARE taken -- and right now, important bills are being stalled -- we need your help to change that.

While we can’t change the Beacon Hill culture, not yet, at least, we can push legislators to hurry up and pass some important transformative bills -- before they go into election year “safe mode.”

Public records reform, a fundamental progressive priority, is at risk of stalling out. Government documents and records are key to government accountability and citizen engagement with the civic process. But access to these records in Massachusetts is maddeningly and shamefully retrograde, an affront to democracy itself

We must step up grassroots pressure to stop the foot-dragging on public records reform.

Tell your legislator: it's past time to act on the public records bill. Use our coalition partners’ online submission form -- or craft your own email (legislators’ contact info is here). Sample text:

As your constituent, I’m asking you to urge Leadership to vote on a strong Public Record Reforms bill BEFORE the Thanksgiving break. Please get back to me about what you’re doing to advance this crucial legislation.

Then, please ask your networks to do the same -- it takes many grassroots voices to push back against institutional inertia.


ALSO: Check out our blog, for member Jonathan Cohn's encounters with public info requests related to the proposed Boston 2024 Olympics, and what it taught him about transparency in Massachusetts


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