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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez has pledged to make the governor subject to public records law.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez has pledged to make the governor subject to public records law. That sound you hear is the frantic din of dozens of Bay State journalists bookmarking this for later.

Massachusetts could soon become the only state in the nation where the chief executive claims special exemption from public records law, after the Michigan House unanimously passed a 10-bill package last week removing this protection.

“Access to government records, documents and meetings allow the public and the media to more fully understand the work of government and how and why our elected leaders make the decisions they do,” Gonzalez said in a release. “Our public records law invites the public to participate fully in our democratic institutions, promoting openness and transparency and engagement for all, not just the few, the powerful and the insiders.”

“If I am elected Governor, I will voluntarily comply with the state’s public records laws, and I will file legislation to broaden the scope of those laws and end the Governor’s office exemption once and for all.”

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