- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says his office will begin notifying the public whenever he’s traveling out of state.

Since taking office, Baker has often failed to include out-of-state trips on his official public schedule.

Those trips include vacation time with his family, but also political appearances, including attending the Republican Governors Association meeting in Colorado last summer.

While Baker isn’t required to file any formal notice when he leaves the state, his absence does have leadership implications.

Whenever a governor leaves the state, the lieutenant governor by law takes on the role of acting governor.

Baker made the announcement Thursday on his monthly “Ask The Governor” segment on WGBH-FM after The Boston Globe reported he left Massachusetts without public notice this month to attend a conference hosted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

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