Public Records Law

Updated Public Record Law

On June 3, 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act to Improve Public Records into law. The updated Public Records Law took effect January 1, 2017. A complete text of the law is available here:

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter121

 

Records Access Officers

Agencies and municipalities are required to designate one or more Records Access Officer (RAO).
The contact information for the RAO must be posted conspicuously, including on the agency's or municipality's website, if available.

The Millbury Public Schools Record Access Officer is:

Donna Freitas

V: 508-865-9501
E: dfreitas@millburyschools.org

 

Fees

The Supervisor of Records' Public Access Regulations allowing records custodians to charge 5 cents for black and white paper copies or computer printouts of public records for both single and double-sided sheets was codified and will remain effective with the new law.

Beginning January 1, 2017, if a response to a public records request requires more than 4 hours of employee time, an agency RAO may assess a fee of the hourly rate of the lowest paid employee with the skills necessary to search for, compile, segregate, redact or reproduce a requested record. However, the fee shall not exceed $25 an hour.

Beginning January 1, 2017, if a response to a public records request requires more than 2 hours of employee time, a municipal RAO may assess a fee of the hourly rate of the lowest paid employee with the skills necessary to search for, compile, segregate, redact or reproduce a requested record. However, the fee shall not exceed $25 an hour, unless approved by the Supervisor of Records. Municipalities with populations of 20,000 people or fewer will be permitted to charge for the first 2 hours of employee time.