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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

04/01/2014 14:15 EDT
Because the City of Providence has concluded that the Limited Partnership agreement should be disclosed, at least in part, this department opined that nothing within the Access to Public Records Act prohibits the City from disclosing the Limited Partnership agreement in accordance with its...
03/26/2014 15:00 EDT
The Town did not violate the APRA when it withheld from disclosure the street addresses and states of residence for the Town's mooring permit holders. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(A)I)(b); DARE v. Gannon, 713 A.2d 218 (R.I. 1998).
03/26/2014 15:00 EDT
The Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") did not violate the OMA when it refused to allow Complainant to attend an executive meeting on January 30, 2014. Based upon the evidence presented, the portion of the meeting when the Fire District convened into a larger training room with the union...
03/26/2014 15:00 EDT
The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission ("RIAEC) violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") on several occasions. After review of all allegations, this Department found the RIAEC violated the OMA when it failed to properly conduct and record an open call for the following...