Massachusetts Freedom of Information
In Massachusetts, freedom of information is provided under the Massachusetts Public Records Act and the Massachusetts Open Meetings Act. The Massachusetts Public Records Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies at all levels in Massachusetts. The Act can be found in G.L. c. 66, sec. 10.
The Massachusetts Open Meetings Act provides the methods by which public meetings are conducted. The Chapter 30A, statutes 11A-11C and Chapter 34, statute 9 and chapter 29, statute 23A-D of the Massachusetts General Laws define the law. The law states that a meeting is any gathering of a quorum of members of a public body for the purposes of deliberating and deciding on public matters. On site inspections of facilities and unplanned or social meetings at which no final decisions are made are notable exemptions.