Secretary Galvin Files Public Records Ballot Question 

State HouseBOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state Secretary William Galvin has filed a ballot question aimed at strengthening the state’s public records law.

The initiative would guarantee the right to obtain public records within a reasonable time and at a reasonable fee.

It would also cap the cost of copying public documents at 15 cents per black-and-white page and 25 cents per color copy.

Gov. Charlie Baker last week ordered his administration to take steps to make public records easier to obtain, noting Massachusetts had received failing grades for government transparency.

Media and government watchdog groups have long complained that the state’s public records law is outdated and cumbersome, often forcing document seekers to endure long waits and exorbitant costs.

The question would appear on next November’s state ballot unless approved first by the Legislature.

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