AG: East Greenwich Town Council violated R.I. Open Meetings Law

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The attorney general’s office has found that the East Greenwich Town Council violated state Open Meetings Laws when it voted in June to implement its “One Town” restructuring plan behind closed doors and again in August, when a consultant presented a report on the firefighters’ contract without proper notice. The attorney general’s…

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for November 15, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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Despite 2012 open-records law, less information is made public in R.I.

From Providence Journal:  PROVIDENCE — Last September, at least on paper, Rhode Island was supposed to become a more transparent state.

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But there seems to be confusion over the interpretation of the law among police departments and state agencies, which in many instances are releasing less rather than more information.

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RI attorney general hosting open government summit

From Providence Journal:

State Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and his staff are hosting a summit for newly elected and appointed officials focused on the state’s Access to Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act next month.

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The summit will be held on Jan. 8 at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Lincoln campus from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for December 7, 2012

State FOIA Friday News A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 26, 2012

Keyboard key for AccessA few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

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The most secretive government agencies in Rhode Island

From GoLocalProv:

The most secretive government agencies in Rhode Island are also the smallest, with local fire districts and towns accounting for more than half of the nearly 30 agencies that racked up the most violations of state laws on open meetings and public records, a GoLocalProv analysis has found.

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Gov. Chafee signs R.I. public records bill into law

From WPRI.com:

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.

The new law is the first significant change to the state's Access to Public Records Act (APRA) in 14 years and Chafee said he hopes it will make government more transparent in Rhode Island.

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