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2014 Open Government Summit

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin will lead an Open Government Summit on the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA) on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Roger Williams University School of Law from 9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. Click here for more information and to RSVP.


Open Government / Access To Public Records

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 2013, the Unit investigated 92 open government complaints and issued 34 findings under the OMA and 27 findings under the APRA.

In total, the Unit determined that public bodies violated the OMA on 15 occasions and the APRA 13 times. In the majority of these cases, the Unit issued warnings to the public bodies. In three instances, the Unit filed lawsuits seeking civil monetary penalties and/or injunctive relief against the City of Woonsocket, the Woonsocket Superintendent's Office and the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission.

During 2013, the Open Government Unit also resolved an OMA lawsuit filed against the Manville Fire District in 2012 for willfully or knowingly holding its open meetings in locations not accessible to persons with physical disabilities. This lawsuit resulted in a $5,000 civil fine imposed against the Fire District, among the largest penalties ever imposed against a public body in Rhode Island history.

The Unit continues to encourage open government through outreach and education. In August, the annual Open Government Summit drew 600 attendees, and throughout the year, Open Government attorneys conducted 17 presentations throughout Rhode Island. 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
Email

APRA Training Rules and Regulations

APRA Training Rules and Regulations

Certificate of Compliance - APRA laws

Open Government Summer Summit 2014

Agenda

 

Open Government Findings

07/22/2014 10:15 EDT
The General Treasurer's Office did not violate the APRA when it redacted certain financial and commercial information from Cliffwater, LLC Due Diligence Reports. The Due Diligence Reports were created prior to the State of Rhode Island's investment in the respective hedge funds, and therefore, did
07/22/2014 10:15 EDT
The undisputed facts revealed that the Complainant made an APRA request to the City of Providence (the "City") on March 30, 2014 via email. It was further undisputed that the Complainant received no response until on or about May 22, 2014, after the Complainant called the City on May 20, 2014 to...
07/22/2014 10:00 EDT
Complainant alleged that the Police Department violated the APRA when it inappropriately redacted information contained in an incident report that involved Complainant, but did not result in an arrest. The evidence showed that the Police Department redacted individually identifiable information of
07/22/2014 10:00 EDT
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it denied Complainant's March 26, 2014 APRA request. The evidence showed that the March 26, 2014 APRA request was never filed with the Town. While Complainant did file a March 25, 2014 request, no complaint relating to that APRA request, or