• Big Changes Coming: Public Records Law Overhauled
  • July 26, 2016 | Author: Brandon H. Moss
  • Law Firm: Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP - Quincy Office
  • On June 3, 2016, the Governor signed Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016 - “An Act to Improve Public Records” - into law. The consequence of this legislation is to dramatically overhaul the requirements for responding to public records requests, across all levels of government. Municipalities and covered government agencies will need to respond and comply with the Public Records Law for requests, without delay - or risk having to pay the attorney’s fees and litigation costs for successful requestors and punitive damages, and waiving the ability to charge requestors fees for responding.