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“Providing information online is integral to the conduct of state government in the 21st century. The ease and speed with which information can be created, updated, and distributed electronically, especially in contrast to the time required for the production of print materials, enables governments to meet their obligations to provide legal information to the public in a timely and cost-effective manner. . . The availability of government information online facilitates transparency and accountability, provides widespread access, and encourages citizen participation in the democratic process. . .

A major issue raised by the change to an electronic format. . . is whether the information presented to consumers is trustworthy, or authentic. . . It stands to reason, therefore, that before state governments can transition fully into the electronic legal information environment they must develop procedures to ensure the trustworthiness of their electronic legal information.”

From the Prefatory Note to the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act, Drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (2011).

Introduced as H. 3294 and H. 64 in the 191st (current) General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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