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About Public Record Requests

What kind of information can I get with a Public Records Request?
What kind of information will not be released?

The law governing public records is Chapter 4, Section 6. It sets forth several categories of information that is not public. Information that does not fall into one of these categories is likely public, and we will release it.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 4, Section 6, Clause 26 – Exemptions from the Public Records Act

Data exempted from disclosure by statute. Specific statutes are:

— Abatement applications, C.59 S. 60
— Absentee ballots, C. 54 S. 108
— Air Pollution Control, C. 111 S. 142B
— Alcohol treatment records, C. 111B S. 11
— Bank examination records, C. 167 S. 2
— Blind persons records, C. 6 S. 149
— Business school license applications, C. 75D S. 3
— Capital facility construction project records, C. 30 S. 39R
— Conflict of interest requests for opinion, C 268A S. 22
— Consumer protection investigation, C. 93A S. 6(6)
— Criminal Offender Record Information, C. 6 S. 167
— Sealed delinquency probation records, C. 276 S. 100B
— DSS Central Registry, C. 119 S. 51F
— DYS Records, C. 120 S. 21
— DPH Inventory of services, C. 111 S. 25A
— Drug addiction treatment records, C. 111E S. 18
— Employment agencies data, C. 140 S. 46R
— Employment Security data, C. 151A S. 46
— Exemption of Legislature, C. 66 S. 18
— Evaluation of Special Needs children, C. 71B S. 3
— Executive sessions, C. 30A S. 11A; C. 34 S. 9F; C. 39 S. 23B
— Fetal death reports, C. 111 S. 202
— Firearms Bureau records, C. 66 S. 10D
— Genetically linked diseases testing records, C. 76 S. 15B
— Financial assistance to handicapped or aged, C. 66 S. 17A
— Handicapped Persons Rehabilitation Commission, C. 6 S.84
— Hazardous substances reports, C. 111F S. 21
— Hazardous waste disposal site records, C. 21D S. 6
— Hazardous waste facilities, C. 21C S. 12
— Historical/archeological sites/specimen inventory, C. 9 S. 26A
— Home addresses/phone numbers of Public Safety personnel, victims of adjudicated crimes and family planning service providers, C. 66 S. 10
— Hospital records, C. 111 S. 70
— Reports of hospital staff privilege revocation, C. 111 S. 53B
— Impounded birth records, C. 46 S. 2A
— Industrial Finance Agency commercial or financial data, C 23A S. 31
— Inspector General investigations, C. 12A S. 13
— Insurance records, C. 164 S. 85
— Juvenile records, C. 119 S. 60
— Malignant disease reports, C. 111 S. 111B
— MCAD Investigations, C. 151B S. 5
— MTDC Corporate records, C. 40G S. 10
— Mental health facilities records, C. 123 S. 36
— Motor vehicle insurance merit ratings, C. 6 S. 183
— National Heritage Programs data, C. 66 S. 17D
— Patient abuse information, C. 111 S. 72I
— Patient’s rights records, C. 111 S. 70E
— Personal data, C. 66A S. 1
— Aged Persons Protective Services records, C. 19A S. 23
— Public Assistance records, C. 66 S. 17A
— Public Assistance wage reporting, C. 62E, S. 8
— Public officers/employees financial interest disclosures, C. 268B S. 3
— Rape reports, C. 41 S. 97D
— Reyes Syndrome reports, C. 111 S. 110B
— Location, amount or nature of explosive materials, C. 148 S. 12
— Street lists, court order granting protection, C. 51 S. 4
— Student records, C. 71 S. 34D
— Venereal disease records, C. 111 S. 119
— Vocational rehabilitation records, C. 6 S. 84
— Persons requesting Sex Offender Registration information, C. 6 S. 178I
— Internal rules and practices.
— Identities of victims, witnesses, reporting parties or informants. Also medical information or anything of a personal nature.
— Department memos.
— Personal notes of any employee.
— Investigative materials, including reports where court action is not yet completed. This includes motor vehicle citations where criminal charges are pending.
— Trade secrets.
— Contract proposals and bids.
— Appraisals of real property.
— Questions, answers and test materials if to be used for another test.
— Contracts for hospitals or related health care services.
— Records relating to security or safety of persons, buildings or infrastructure.
— Identities of persons requesting or granted firearms licenses.

What if I am denied information I think I am entitled to?
First, please call the Records Division Supervisor at 508-830-4218, ext. 216. If after doing so you still believe you have been denied information you are entitled to, you may call the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Public Records Division at 617-727-2832.

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