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Local Groups Urge Providence City Council To Reject Lobbying Proposal Chilling Community Advocacy

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 |Category:

A number of local non-profit organizations and community groups are urging the Providence City Council to reject amendments to the city’s lobbying ordinance that would require unpaid volunteers to register as lobbyists – and subject them to potentially severe penalties for violations – if they spend just ten hours a year engaged in broadly defined “lobbying” activities with the City. The proposal is scheduled to be introduced at the City Council’s meeting Thursday.

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Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records Law

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 |Category: Open Government

An audit of the 2012 amendments to the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA) shows that a number of state agencies and municipal departments, in particular the police, apparently are in violation of the changes to the law. In addition, enforcement of parts of the law appears to be weak or nonexistent.

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ACLU Receives Reports of Voters Being Given Incorrect Information About Their Rights At The Polls

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

Despite official reports that there were few voting problems during this week’s primary election, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island related today that it had received reports of voters being given incorrect information about their right to vote during Tuesday’s primary election, raising nagging concerns about the implementation of the state’s new photo ID law.

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Significant Victory in Fight to End Prison Gerrymandering: Cranston Lawsuit Will Move Forward

Posted: Sep 08, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

Cranston residents and the ACLU of Rhode Island won a significant victory today in their fight for equal voting power in City elections when Judge Lagueux of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island denied a motion to dismiss their one person, one vote lawsuit, allowing their case to move forward.

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A Day Before the Election, ACLU Receives First Voter ID Complaint

Posted: Sep 08, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

The primary election is still a day away, but the ACLU has already received its first complaint about poll workers unlawfully preventing people from voting under the state’s Voter ID law.

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Board of Education To Consider Policy Change That Could Undermine Right To A Free Public Education

Posted: Sep 04, 2014 |Category: Students' Rights

As the result of a ruling issued earlier this year by Commissioner Deborah Gist, the R.I. Department of Education is on the verge next week of undermining 150 years of precedent that guarantee the availability of a free public education in the state. That is the essence of an alert that the ACLU of Rhode Island and Mental Health Association of Rhode Island sent out to groups that advocate for the rights of students and their families.

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Open Government Groups Blast Attorney General Opinion on Open Records Law

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 |Category: Open Government

Calling it “a new low” in the state’s enforcement of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), five open government groups, including the ACLU of RI, blasted an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s office which held that public bodies can charge members of the public for the time it takes to compose a letter denying an open records request.

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