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Open Government / Access To Public Records

Open Government Summit will be held August 2, 2013

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The Open Government Unit investigates complaints against public bodies in Rhode Island for violations of the Open Meetings Act and/or the Access to Public Records Act. In 2012, the Unit investigated 78 open government complaints and issued 41 findings under the OMA and 34 findings under the APRA.

In total, the Unit determined that public bodies violated the OMA on 18 occasions and the APRA 19 times. In the majority of these cases, the Unit issued warnings to the public bodies. In three instances, the Unit filed suit seeking civil monetary penalties against the Manville Fire District, the West Warwick Town Council, and The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority.

The Unit continues to encourage open government through outreach and education. In July, the annual Open Government Summit drew nearly 600 attendees, a record attendance for this event. This proactive approach has positively impacted public bodies and citizens alike by encouraging open dialogue, which enables more government business to be performed in an open and public manner.

If you believe your rights under one of these laws have been violated, we encourage you to file a complaint with this Department. You should send your complaint, and any supporting materials to:

Lisa Pinsonneault, Special Assistant Attorney General
Rhode Island Office of Attorney General
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

APRA Training Rules and Regulations

APRA Training Rules and Regulations

Certificate of Compliance - APRA laws

Open Government Summer Summit 2013


OMA Checklist

Presentation Booklet

Full Presentation

To watch the recording of the 2013 Open Government Summit, please click the following links:

2013 Open Government Summit

Open Government Findings

04/17/2014 15:45 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulations ("DBR") violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to Complainant's APRA request dated July 10, 2013. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-7. This Department did find, however, that DBR did not waive its right to assert reasons for withholding...
04/17/2014 15:45 EDT
The Complainant alleged that the Foster Town Council ("Town Council") violated the OMA when the agenda item for the November 21, 2013 meeting did not specify the nature of the business to be discussed. Since the Complainant attended the November 21, 2013 meeting and did not demonstrate that she...
04/17/2014 15:45 EDT
On February 10, 2014, the Complainant requested the voice recording of a January 23, 2014 vicious dog hearing. Based upon the evidence presented, the Complainant received this voice recording on February 19, 2014. As such, the Town did not violate the APRA. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-3(e). The...
04/17/2014 15:30 EDT
Mr. McQuade submitted an APRA request to the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety ("DPS") requesting documents, broken down into nineteen (19) different categories, relating to the Rhode Island State Fusion Center and related programs and activities of the Rhode Island State Police and its...