In July of 2016, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill, Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, "An Act to Improve Public Records". This Bill takes effect on January 1, 2017.
What is a Public Records Request?
A public records request is a request to either inspect or copy or both, public records. There is no requirement that the request is made in person or in writing, or be in any particular form. The person making the request is not required to identify himself/herself, or to provide information about the reason for the request, or how the records will be used. The request must be clear enough to enable the Records Access Officer (RAO) to conduct a meaningful search. The RAO may ask questions about the request in order to respond to the request fully and in a timely manner.