Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

It's a simple equation: Transparency is only as good as the access available to public documents. With this in mind, CommonWealth has set up an information page to help residents wade through the state’s public records request system. Here you’ll find detailed information on making public records requests, links to records available online at state websites, as well as links to CommonWealth’s own growing public records database.

Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

The bill must be meshed with less-stringent House version

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT ADVANCES in current technology has rendered the decades-old law ineffective, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a public records reform bill updating the statute governing access to public documents for the first time roughly 40 years. By a unanimous vote, the bill that supporters said would strengthen access to(...)

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Baker administration making public records progress

Baker administration making public records progress

Appeals plummet; still, compliance not perfect

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is making significant progress in fulfilling the governor’s pledge to make it easier and cheaper for the public to access records from his administration. Baker’s new procedures require every agency to designate a “records access officer” to receive and track public records requests, to respond to questions, to get documents out the(...)

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Senate puts teeth into public records reform

Senate puts teeth into public records reform

Bill differs vastly with House measure but still leaves governor and Legislature exempt

THE STATE SENATE unveiled its version of Public Records reform, potentially the first major overhaul since the law was enacted in 1973, placing a hard time limit on responses, requiring courts to award attorneys’ fees if a requester is wrongly denied, mandating electronic records be provided, and restricting fees for compliance and copies. The bill, which(...)

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House okays panel to review public records exemptions

House okays panel to review public records exemptions

With Senate in recess, reform bill unlikely to pass until next year

THE HOUSE ON Wednesday unanimously approved a watered-down Public Records reform bill but beat back an attempt to lift the exemption covering the Legislature, instead agreeing to form a commission to study whether lawmakers, the governor, and the courts should be subject to the law. The measure — which allows requesters to seek attorney fees(...)

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Public records bill does little to open access

Public records bill does little to open access

Measure calls for attorney fees and fines for noncompliance but could create more potential delays by agencies

THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS Committee is set to unveil a bill that would allow those who are thwarted in seeking public records to collect attorney fees, a stick designed to put some force behind compliance, but the measure does nothing to strengthen what is largely viewed as one of the nation’s weakest public records(...)

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Statements of Financial Interest

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission requires that public officials and candidates to file a Statement of Financial Interest. We have obtained these records for several years. You can explore this document collection by selecting the appropriate year below. 2012 SFI Filings 2011 SFI Filings 2010 SFI Filings 2009 SFI Filings 2008 SFI Filings

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SFI Filings: 2012

Constitutional officers Governor’s Council Cabinet members Authorities, Committees and Agencies College Presidents County Courts House Senate Constitutional officers Patrick, Deval Murray, Timothy Bump, Suzanne Coakley, Martha Galvin, William F. Grossman, Steven Governor’s Council Cipollini, Charles Cipollini, Oliver Devaney, Marilyn P. Duff, Eileen Iannella, Jr., Christopher Jubinville, Robert Manning, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Thomas Albano, Michael Caissie,(...)

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SFI Filings: 2011

Constitutional officers Bump, Suzanne Coakley, Martha Galvin, William F. Grossman, Steven Murray, Timothy P. Patrick, Deval L. Cabinet Bialecki, Gregory Bigby, Judy Ann Davey, Richard A. Goldstein, Joanne Gonzalez, Juan (Jay) Hartstein, Ann L. Heffernan, Mary Elizabeth Reville, Stephen P. Sullivan Jr., Richard K. Courts Botsford, Margot Carey, Paula M. Connolly, Lynda M. Corbett Jr.,(...)

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SFI Filings: 2010

Constitutional officers Cabinet members Authorities, Committees and Agencies College Presidents County Courts House Senate Constitutional officers Patrick, Deval Murray, Timothy Bump, Suzanne Coakley, Martha Galvin, William F. Grossman, Steven Cabinet members Bialecki, Gregory Bigby, JudyAnn Goldstein, Joanne Gonzalez, Juan Jay Hartstein, Ann Heffernan, Mary Elizabeth Mullan, Jeffrey Nee, Coleman Sullivan, Richard K. Authorities, committees and(...)

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SFI Filings: 2009

Senate Baddour, Steven Berry, Frederick Brewer, Stephen Brown, Scott Buoniconti, Stephen Candaras, Gale Chandler, Harriette Chang-Diaz, Sonia Donnelly, Kenneth Downing, Benjamin Eldridge, James Fargo, Susan Flanagan, Jennifer Galluccio, Anthony Hart, John Hedlund, Robert Jehlen, Patricia Joyce, Brian Knapik, Michael McGee, Thomas Menard, Joan Montigny, Mark Moore, Michael Moore, Richard Morrissey, Michael Murray, Therese O’Leary, Robert(...)

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