- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Speaker Robert DeLeo says House lawmakers are close to debating legislation aimed at overhauling the state’s public records law.

The Democrat said he’s spoken to a number of groups during the past week who support or oppose different parts of the bill and is confident the House is ready to discuss and vote on the bill next week.

Momentum for the bill slowed on Beacon Hill in recent months.

The bill is designed to update the state’s public records law to reflect advances in technology, have fees for obtaining public record reflect actual costs, and provide attorneys’ fees when agencies unlawfully block access to public information.

Some groups, including the Massachusetts Municipal Association, had expressed concerns that the bill would create an unfunded mandate for local cities and towns.

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