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Public Records Law

Public Records Law

Because SEPACs must comply with the Open Meeting Law, they are required to post notices/agendas  about their meetings and maintain minutes to comply with the Public Records Law.

The Massachusetts Public Records Law provides that every person has a right to access to public information.  This right of access includes the right to inspect, copy or have copies of records provided upon the payment of a reasonable fee. Massachusetts law broadly defines “public records” to include “all books, papers, maps,  photographs, recorded tapes, financial statements, statistical tabulations, or other documentary materials or data, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by any officer or employee” of any Massachusetts governmental entity.

For help in answering your questions, such as are emails public records?, the MA Division of Public Records has published a Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law

Any additional questions regarding the Public Records Law should be directed to the Division of Public Records at (617) 727-2832 during regular business hours.