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Archive of posts tagged Gov. Lincoln Chafee

A year later, exemptions chipping away at R.I. open records law

By John Marion,  executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island PROVIDENCE – A year ago Rhode Island open government advocates were celebrating a huge milestone. We had won the first large scale reform of our open records law, the Access to Public Records Act since the late 1990s.  And while we didn’t get everything we wanted in the bill, […]

Chafee signs bills shielding R.I. school safety plans from public view

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, […]