REPORT: Access Limited An Audit of Compliance with the RI Open Records Law (Sept 2014)

September 17, 2014

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, are in violation of the changes to the law. In addition, enforcement of the law appears to be weak or nonexistent. The audit was conducted by two organizations dedicated to transparency in government: ACCESS/RI, and MuckRock, a collaborative news site and public records request platform. Part of the audit was released in July 2014.