Rhode Island's Access to Public Records Act

  • Rhode Island's proposed public records bills at odds

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State lawmakers are considering three different bills to reshape Rhode Island’s public records laws, but differences between the House and Senate version could mean there will be no changes in the statute this year.
  • R.I. Gov. Chafee 'evaluating' Open Records bill

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A major overhaul of the state's open-records law drew praise from open-government advocates and law-enforcement officials Wednesday as a significant step toward furthering government transparency. But as the praise poured in, Governor Chafee was "evaluating" his options.
  • AG Kilmartin Praises Passage of APRA

    Recognizing the need to bring greater transparency and consistency to the state's Access to Public Records Act (APRA), Attorney General Kilmartin today praised the General Assembly for passing S2652Aaa by Senator James C. Sheehan and H7555Aaa by Representative Michael J. Marcello, advancing, for the first time in more than a decade, the state's Access to Public Records Act.
  • RI lawmakers strengthen public records law

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State lawmakers bolstered Rhode Island's open records law by, among other things, expanding the range of information available to the public and increasing fines on public agencies that knowingly flout the law's provisions.
  • NFOIC supports Rhode Island public records improvements

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (June 15, 2012) – The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) has joined other open government advocates and good-government groups in urging Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee to sign into law a bill that would overhaul the state's 33-year-old public disclosure law.
  • Gov. Chafee signs R.I. public records bill into law

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday signed a reworked public records bill into law that unseals government employment contracts and creates a so-called "balancing test" for disclosures modeled after federal statute.