By Bob Plain on August 15, 2017
Many states don’t use their attorney general to enforce state public records laws, according to a spreadsheet created by the New England First Amendment Coalition. While 20 states, including Rhode Island, rely on the attorney general, the majority do not. The spreadsheet is a starting point as AccessRI seeks to move enforcement of the state […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, AccessRI, ACLU, apra, common cause, john marion, League of Women Voters, Linda Levin, New England First Amendment Coalition, OMA, public records, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Press Association, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 9, 2017
Among civil libertarians and transparency activists, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has a particularly poor reputation with regard to enforcing the public records law.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, ACLU, apra, Attorney General, Kilmartin, Linda Lotridge Levin, Lyssikatos v Pawtucket, public records | 1 Response
By ACLU of RI on June 13, 2017
The report highlights the multitude of issues facing transgender and gender non-conforming students, including privacy and confidentiality, the use of students’ preferred pronouns and participation in gender-segregated activities.
Posted in Featured, LGBTQ, Women | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, arcela Betancur, Marcela Betancur, RI Department of Education, ride, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 10, 2017
“The Rhode Island Department of Health does not have any documents responsive to your request.”
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Allens Avenue, apra, DEM, DOH, Jenna McIntyre, Joseph Wendelken, Kate Aubin, Monica Huertas, No LNG in PVD, PCBs, puc, Raymond Meunir, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Tim Faulkner | 3 Responses
By Michael J Simpson on March 1, 2017
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has been using taxpayer money to lobby local municipalities into accepting template legislation to prohibit cannabis use.
Posted in Bristol, Chariho, Featured, Johnston, Middletown, Narragansett, News, Portsmouth, South Kingstown, Tiverton, West Greenwich | Tagged apra, ccess to Public Records Act, Joee Lindbeck, Middletown Planning Board, Peter Kilmartin, politifact, Providence Journal, Regulate Middletown, Regulate Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By Nick Inglis on January 18, 2017
This morning I wrote a letter to the members of the RI House Judiciary Committee in advance of their hearing on House Bill 5098, a Bill which would limit access to what is currently considered Public Record in the state of Rhode Island. Read more about it here. I am sharing this letter to draw […]
Posted in Events, Featured, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Government Transparency, House Judiciary Committee, public records | 2 Responses
House bill to further limit public access to records betrays a legislative bias against open government
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
State reps are working to make the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) less useful. This is the opposite of helpful and betrays their bias against open government
By Steve Ahlquist on January 3, 2017
“[Providence Water] can easily provide [Invenergy] with water to meet their demand,” says Ricky Caruolo, general manager of Providence Water, “but it’s going to be a huge lift on their end designing a pipeline and getting the public to accept this project.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Woonsocket | Tagged Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Alan Shoer, apra, Brett Smiley, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, Carissa Richard, David Ortiz, Emily Crowell, Energy Facility Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Greg Giasson, Invenergy, Joe Spremulli, John Niland, jorge elorza, lisa baldelli hunt, Michael McElroy, Nicole Pollock, Peter Pallozzi, Providence, Providence Water, Public Utilities Commission, puc, RI Future, Richard Beretta, Ricky Caruolo, Robin Muksian, Smithfield Water, Woonsocket, Woonsocket Water, X Access to Public Records Act | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 26, 2016
Four days after this fundraiser, in which lawyers from Adler Pollock and Sheehan gave Baldelli-Hunt at least $1000, Invenergy scored a second meeting with Baldelli-Hunt’s office. This meeting was also about procuring water and lasted an hour.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, burrillville, Daniel Gendron, Invenergy, lisa baldelli hunt, michael marcello, Stephen Ucci, Woonsocket | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 24, 2016
Today, in Burrillville, a group of Rhode Islanders is standing up to the fossil fuel oligarchy and when they win, it will mark a turning point in the climate change battle, and the effects could be as significant as those at Gaspee Point in 1772.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, International News | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Alan Shoer, apra, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Sheldon Whitehouse, Woonsocket | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 21, 2016
The Providence Police Department is in the process of finalizing their implementation of a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program and working to establish procedures and regulations pertaining to it.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, Hugh Clements, jorge elorza, NAACP Providence Branch, Providence Police Department, RI ACLU | 4 Responses
By RI Future on October 7, 2015
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, International News, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, Gina Raimondo, Jane W. Koster, Justin Silverman, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, ridot, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on November 12, 2013
The new state Board of Education is well-known for trying to tamp down public discussion of the NECAP high stakes graduation requirement and today it will be in Superior Court defending itself against allegations from high school students, civil libertarians and other various equality activists who say it went too far in trying to silence […]
By Steven Brown on February 22, 2013
Between 1999 and June 2012, the Attorney General’s office filed lawsuits against public bodies for violating the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA) on only six occasions, less than 4% of the time after finding that violations of the law had been committed. That is one of the findings of a report issued today […]
Progress Report: Celebrate Homeless Rights, NK Janitors Fired, Govt by Fear in Woonsocket, Public Records
By Bob Plain on June 27, 2012
Come celebrate today at the State House an area of public policy in which Rhode Island is leading the nation: protecting the rights of homeless people. That’s right, as the rest of the nation moves toward outlawing homelessness and sleeping in public places, the Ocean State is the first in the country to pass a […]