What is a Public Record?

Every record that is made or received by a government entity or employee is presumed to be a public record unless a specific statutory exemption permits or requires it to be withheld in whole or in part. Exemptions may be found at Chapter 4, Section 7(26) of the Massachusetts General Laws. For more information visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.

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1. What is a Public Record?
2. What is a Public Records Request?
3. Are Public Records available online?
4. Where can I request a Public Record?
5. What happens to my request?