About

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

02/21/2017 14:45 EST
The OMA requires that the "unofficial minutes shall be available to the public at the office of the public body, within thirty-five (35) days of the meeting or at the next regularly scheduled meeting, whichever is earlier." See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-7(b)(1). The Coventry Charter Review Committee
02/21/2017 14:45 EST
The Fire District violated the OMA when it untimely filed a number of its unofficial and official and/or approved minutes on the Secretary of State's website for a number of its Board of Directors and Standard Administrative Procedures meetings. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-7(b)(2) and (d). While...
02/06/2017 12:30 EST
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it produced some documents in response to her APRA request, yet provided additional documents in response to a request filed by another individual that the Complainant claimed was responsive to her APRA request. The Complainant's APRA request
02/06/2017 12:30 EST
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to fully respond to his APRA request by disclosing a document containing pagination irregularities that suggested pages were missing. We found no evidence that would lead us to conclude that additional portions of the requested...

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