BY STEVEN BROWN, executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island PROVIDENCE – Last year, after a ten-year struggle by open government groups to get the law updated, the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted some important reforms to the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA). Regrettably, this year the legislature appeared to show buyer’s remorse, […]
When a state contracts out a government function to a private contractor, does the contractor become subject to the state’s public records act? That’s the question posed by a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Vermont last week on behalf of Prison Legal News, a monthly periodical.
Virtually every news organization in Connecticut has joined a friend of the court action to the state Supreme Court asking it to overturn a lower court restriction on how much information police must release in a criminal investigation.
By Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU’s Rhode Island affiliate PROVIDENCE, R.I. — By late June, we should know whether, in an age of the World Wide Web, states can constitutionally get away with closing their borders to the release of information. More than a dozen organizations promoting open government filed a brief this month […]