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Freedom Isn’t Free and Neither is Open Government in New Hampshire

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By David Saad | Right to Know New Hampshire “The very word […]

Fallout from 38 Studios and the State of Open Government in Rhode Island

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Linda Lotridge Levin | Access/RI When Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island […]

Current Open Government Legislation in Rhode Island House of Representatives

  Bill  Sponsor Title Description   5098   McEntee, Craven, Ruggiero, O’Brien, McKiernan   AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS — ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS   Excludes preliminary drafts, notes, impressions, memoranda, working papers and work products involving research at state institutions of higher learning from the definition of a public record. 5269   Williams, Ranglin-Vassell, […]

Current Open Government Legislation in Rhode Island Senate

  Bill  Sponsor Title Description 68   Archambault, Conley, Lombardi, Morgan, Lombardo   AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS – ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS   Revises access to public records charter re: definitions of public body public record, right to inspect, copy records, arrest logs, compliance, costs, court jurisdiction, remedies, claims settlement, violations (ACCESS/RI bill) […]

Freedom of Expression and the Beast of Vermont

By Gregory Sanford In a dangerous world the president and his party, which controlled both houses of Congress, feared that an influx of immigrants posed a threat to the country. As one member of Congress warned, “The times are full of danger and it would be the height of madness not to take every precaution.” […]

Let the Sun Shine In

By Jim Condos | Vermont Secretary of State An open government makes for a better government. Next week is Sunshine Week, and it will be celebrated all across the nation. In reality, it should be celebrated every week in Vermont and every other state. Here at the Secretary of State’s Office, our operations assume 625,000 Vermonters are looking over […]

Enemy of the American People? Undermining a Free Press

By Edward Fitzpatrick | Roger Williams University The Trump Administration appears to be springing more leaks than the Oroville Dam spillway. And that’s a good thing. Otherwise, the public would be drowning in the cascade of “alternative facts” pouring from the White House. Already, the leaks have produced concrete results. For example, Rhode Island’s own […]

Parties Agree to Dismiss VTDigger’s Public Records Lawsuit After State Releases Records

By Lia Ernst | ACLU of Vermont The State of Vermont recently released a cache of public records related to the state’s participation in the EB-5 visa program after VTDigger, represented by the ACLU of Vermont and Timothy Cornell of Cornell Dolan, P.C., sued for their release. VTDigger’s lawsuit alleged the state improperly withheld the records […]

Several Bills Aim to Improve New Hampshire Right to Know Law Enforcement, Compliance

By David Saad | Right to Know New Hampshire Our government belongs to us. Part I Article 8 of the New Hampshire Constitution articulates the citizen’s right to know what its government is doing. This right is further codified in the state’s Right to Know Law. Yes, citizens have the right to know what their government is […]

Trump’s Order Violates Bedrock Principles of First Amendment, Religious Liberty

By Jared A. Goldstein | Roger Williams University School of Law President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Jan. 27 that violates the bedrock principles upon which Roger Williams founded Rhode Island. I’ve always been proud to work at a university named for Roger Williams, whose commitment to religious liberty for all peoples formed […]