The Open Meetings Act opens local decisions and deliberations to its residents with records of the meeting available for public review.
Government records in the state are presumed public information with few exemptions.
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It is the 13th most populous state with 6.5 million residents and the 14th largest by size with a 10,555 square mile territory.
Similar to the federal freedom of information act, the Massachusetts Public Records Act and the Massachusetts Open Meetings Act offers its residents greater government transparency to its voters and general public.
The official state name is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is one of the 6 states that comprise New England along with Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.