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Mass. lawmakers weighing public records bills

October 15, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing bills designed to make it easier for the public to obtain state records.

Among the bills are proposals to increase access to public records in an electronic format or over the Internet, rather than with paper copies.

The bills also aim to lower the cost of obtaining records by charging only for the electronic storage devices for those requesting information.

The Joint Committee on State Administration is holding a public hearing on the bills Tuesday at the Statehouse.

The proposals would also require state agencies to have a system to make it easier to separate public records from non-public information.

The bills also outline the kinds of documents state agencies should be posting for free on the Internet including annual reports, winning bids for public contracts and official votes.

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