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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

A clarification has been added to this story. 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(...)

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Are dashboards the right tool to measure progress?

Are dashboards the right tool to measure progress?

What sounds good and exciting isn’t always useful

YOU RUN A government agency or nonprofit.  You ask management experts how you can assess your “bottom line,” given that earning profits is not your mission.  You want to know if you are doing a good job delivering value for the public money you are spending. The experts tell you to take three easy steps.(...)

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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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State courts revamp their website

State courts revamp their website

New system offers technology improvements, but public access remains limited

THE STATE’S TRIAL COURT has upgraded its outmoded computer system to allow lawyers to electronically file case records and to allow judicial decisions to be shared automatically with other government agencies. But proposed regulations governing the system continue to limit access by the general public to court records and bar access to any documents dealing(...)

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Luxe backs out

Luxe backs out

Valet parking service app finds Boston streets too expensive to navigate

LUXE VALET, the San Francisco-based technology company that looks to solve urban parking problems, is pulling out of Boston after a mere six months of parking people’s cars. In an email to subscribers over the weekend, the company said it will cease operations in Boston on January 1, though it continues to operate in six other(...)

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Students, schools play cat and mouse with online cheating

Students, schools play cat and mouse with online cheating

Colleges look for innovative ways to stem distance learning cheating

AS COLLEGES OFFER more and more courses online, school officials are scrambling to come up with innovative ways to prevent cheating by students taking tests and other assessments remotely. It’s often a game of cat and mouse. One undergraduate student at Northeastern University says he took an online marketing course from a professor who tried(...)

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In medtech, Massachusetts needs to play catch-up

In medtech, Massachusetts needs to play catch-up

Expansion of Learn and Earn should be high priority

THE MEDICAL DEVICE manufacturing sector in Massachusetts, by any measure, is doing well. From employment rates and wage growth to innovation and venture opportunities, medical device manufacturing is moving forward. Looking nationally, in their most active regions, medical manufacturing clusters are among the leading economic forces for their states.  The most robust clusters are found in(...)

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