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    The Open Government Unit investigates complaints against public bodies in Rhode Island for violations of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and/or the Access to Public Records Act (APRA). In addition, the Open Government Unit trains and certifies public bodies on the OMA and APRA.

    APRA Requests

    If you wish to make an Access to Public Records Act (APRA) request for documents maintained by the Office of Attorney General, view a copy of our APRA policy and APRA request form.

    Requests for records maintained by other state or local governmental entities should be sent directly to those entities.

    File a Complaint

    If you believe your rights under either the APRA or OMA were violated, we encourage you to file a complaint with this Department. You should send your complaint, and any supporting materials to:

    Lisa Pinsonneault, Special Assistant Attorney General
    Rhode Island Office of Attorney General
    150 South Main Street
    Providence, RI 02903
    Email

    Training/Certification

    By law, every public body must have at least one designated individual who is trained and certified to handle all APRA requests for that public body. That person(s) is assigned to this role by the Chief Administrative Officer of a public body.

    The Office of Attorney General is authorized by statute to conduct trainings. The Office of Attorney General offers various training programs each calendar year, open to all citizens. In addition, public bodies may request a training session be scheduled for a specific public body or municipality. In order to maximum resources and promote open government, we ask that the presentations/trainings be made available to all city/town departments and all agency departments.

    In addition, the training requirement may by satisfied by attending a training session in person or by viewing a recent video of a presentation given by the Office of Attorney General. Any person who is assigned to accept and process APRA requests must certify to the Chief Administrative Officer that he or she viewed the entire APRA presentation or attended one a live training program. That signed certification must be sent to the Office of the Attorney General at:

    Download a certification form.
    Completed certification forms can be emailed to agsummit@riag.ri.gov

    Or mail to:
    Office of Attorney General
    Attn: Open Government Unit
    150 South Main Street
    Providence, RI 02903

    Certification for the following calendar year must be completed and submitted to the Office of Attorney General by December 31 of the current year. If an individual has become authorized to coordinate APRA requests during the calendar year, he/she must complete the training and return proof of certification to the Office of Attorney General within one month of the designation. For complete rules and regulations regarding training under the Access to Public Records Act, click here.

    Online Training
    Download training materials:

    To view the online open government presentation, click here (streaming provided by ClerkBase).
    If you are unable to view the video, please contact communications@riag.ri.gov.

     

    Don't forget to submit your certification form.

    Recent Findings

    09/19/2017 16:15 EDT
    The South Kingstown School Committee violated the OMA when the members engaged in a "rolling" or "walking" quorum, which occurs when a majority of the members of a public body attain a quorum through a series of one-on-one conversations or interactions. These discussions concerned not only whether
    09/19/2017 16:15 EDT
    The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it responded to his APRA request with a six hour "estimate of the amount of time it will take to provide an estimate for the final search, retrieval, review and redaction[.]" We found that this response complied with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-
    09/19/2017 16:15 EDT
    The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when its response to his request for "total sick days" used by City fire fighters failed to include information relating to injured on duty time. We noted that "it is the requester's responsibility to frame requests with sufficient...
    09/05/2017 13:15 EDT
    Complainant alleged that the Commission violated the OMA during its March 21, 2017 meeting when it discussed a topic not included on the agenda. Based on the corroborated affidavit and meeting minutes, we found that the Commission Chairman passed out copies of a letter concerning an item not...

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    Download training materials:

    Attorney General Kilmartin's Guide to Open Government

    2017 Open Government Summit Book

    PowerPoint Presentation

    To view the online open government presentation, click here (streaming provided by ClerkBase).
    If you are unable to view the video, please contact communications@riag.ri.gov.

     

    Don't forget to submit your certification form.