State senate president pledges expansion of records law

November 30, 2017

FILE - In this March 14, 2016 file photo, Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg speaks during a signing ceremony for legislation aimed at reversing a deadly opioid addiction crisis at the Statehouse in Boston. Rosenberg will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

BOSTON (AP) — The head of the Massachusetts Senate says he remains committed to greater scrutiny despite long delays on a promised review that many hoped would expand the state’s public records law.

Democratic state Senate President Stan Rosenberg says lawmakers are painfully aware that Massachusetts is the only state in the U.S. where the Legislature, governor’s office and judiciary are exempt.

Rosenberg told Thursday’s annual meeting of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association he hopes a bill expanding the law to all three branches of government will be introduced early in 2018.

A bill signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker required lawmakers to study the issue and produce a report by year’s end. But that review commission has yet to meet.

Rosenberg’s message to those disappointed by the inaction: “Mea culpa.”

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