- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Speaker Robert DeLeo says he expects the Massachusetts House to vote sometime in the next week or two on a bill aimed at revamping the state’s public records law.

Media and government watchdog groups have long complained that the state’s public records law is outdated and cumbersome, often forcing document seekers to endure long waits and exorbitant costs.

The bill received a favorable recommendation by a key Legislative committee, but hit a snag when municipal officials raised concerns over potential administrative costs.

The Winthrop Democrat told reporters Wednesday that he hopes those concerns can be ironed out.

Supporters of the bill say it would update the law to reflect advances in technology, have fees reflect actual costs, and cover attorneys’ fees when agencies unlawfully block access to public information.

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