In February, the Massachusetts Senate passed a long-overdue overhaul of the state’s public records law, which was strongly supported by Sen. L’Italien. The House had passed its own version of the reform bill a few months earlier.
Proponents of more open and accessible government agreed the Senate version was better, and it served as the foundation for final legislation that was negotiated between the House and Senate and signed by Gov. Baker.
Here’s a look at a story on the reform by Commonwealth Magazine, and a letter to the editor written by Sen. L’Italien and published in the Lowell Sun several months before the Public Records bill was finally passed and signed into law.