Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 66 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 17D, inserted by chapter 328 of the acts of 1980, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 17D. Records of the division of fisheries and wildlife in the department of fisheries, wildlife and recreational vehicles known as the Massachusetts natural heritage program data base shall not be public records; provided, however, that they shall be open for inspection by agents of the commonwealth and the federal government for the purposes of protecting and preserving species and subspecies of nongame wildlife and indigenous plants. Except as otherwise determined by the administrator of the said data base, site-specific rare species information shall be released only upon the receipt of a statement, in writing, by the recipient that he shall keep such information confidential.