Massachusetts AG promises better access to state records

Galvin's spokesman says he believed it was a waste of time

BOSTON (AP) — New Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she wants to give the public better access to government records by resolving a rift between her office and the secretary of state’s.

The friction has effectively blocked the state from enforcing the law intended to give the public access to government records.

Secretary of State William Galvin in 2010 stopped asking Healey’s predecessor to sue agencies that refused to comply with his office’s orders to release records. Galvin’s spokesman says he believed it was a waste of time because previous attorneys general often refused to enforce the orders.

Healey tells The Boston Globe it’s time the offices worked together.

Healey’s pledge to enforce the law comes at a time when government watchdogs and media organizations are expressing growing frustration with Massachusetts public records law.

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