Friday, March 18, 2005

Bills seek overhaul of state law

The Springfield Republican today reported on the bills filed by the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association to toughen the enforcement provisions of the state's open meetings laws. I am among the sources interviewed for the story, which was written by reporters Dan Ring and Buffy Spencer.

Here is an excerpt:
"State and municipal officials would face fines if they intentionally violate the state's Open Meeting Law, according to legislation pending on Beacon Hill.

"Opponents said the legislation would discourage people from serving in government and would clog the courts with more lawsuits. Supporters said the bills are needed to toughen enforcement of the law.

"Six bills to overhaul the law were filed by Rep. Arthur J. Broadhurst, D-Methuen, at the request of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association."
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