About

The Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) establish important requirements for ensuring that government in Rhode Island is carried out in an open and transparent manner.

The Open Government Unit:

  • Investigates complaints against public bodies in Rhode Island for alleged violations of these statutes
  • Issues findings and files lawsuits to enforce the statutes when appropriate
  • Processes APRA requests to this Office for public documents
  • Provides training and resources on the requirements of the OMA and the APRA, including at our signature event, the annual Open Government Summit

Questions about open government? Contact us:

Submit an APRA request

If you are seeking public documents maintained by the Office of the Attorney General, you can submit an Access to Public Records Act request by following the guidelines below.

Note: Our response will only pertain to documents maintained by the Office of the Attorney General. If you are seeking documents from a different state entity or public body, you should submit your request directly to that entity or public body.


File a Complaint

If you believe a public body has violated the OMA or the APRA, you can submit a complaint by sending a brief statement, along with any relevant information and documents, to opengovernment@riag.ri.gov, or mail to:

Attn: Open Government Unit
Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

View the Complaint Process from start to finish

Training/Certification

The Open Government Unit offers various training programs each calendar year that are open to the public. Public bodies can also reach out to us to schedule a training session for a specific public body or municipality. To maximize resources and promote open government, presentations/trainings should be made available to all city/town departments and all agency departments. Contact us at opengovernment@riag.ri.gov or 401-274-4400, ext. 2020 to schedule a training.

Open Government Summit

The 22nd annual Open Government Summit was held virtually on Friday, July 31, 2020. A live stream of the summit is available here. Contact communications@riag.ri.gov if you are unable to view this video. This program qualifies for APRA certification.

Annual Open Government Summit Documents


APRA Certification

By law, every public body must have at least one designated individual who is trained and certified to handle APRA requests. Public bodies must certify annually to the Office of the Attorney General using the form below that designated individuals have been provided orientation and training.

The training requirement may be satisfied annually by attending a training session in person or by viewing a recent video of an APRA presentation by the Office of the Attorney General. Attendance or viewing must be certified to satisfy the requirement.


Submit the certification form to agsummit@riag.ri.gov, or mail to:

Attn: Open Government Unit
Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

Recent Findings

09/16/2020 17:00 EDT
Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA when it failed to timely post minutes of its July 7, 2020 meeting on the Secretary of State's website. The School Committee conceded that its July 7, 2020 meeting minutes were not timely posted on the Secretary of State's website, and...
09/16/2020 17:00 EDT
Complainant alleges that the Board of Canvassers violated the OMA and the Governor's Executive Order when it held an in-person meeting on July 13, 2020 without providing adequate alternative means of public access. Likewise, the Complainant alleges the Municipal and Police Pension Boards held joint,
09/10/2020 16:30 EDT
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when it convened a meeting using telephonic means on April 6, 2020 and the agenda items did not constitute an "essential purpose" within the meaning of the Governor's Executive Order 20-05. It is undisputed that the Executive Order...
09/10/2020 16:30 EDT
The Complainant alleged the Board violated the OMA when it held a March 3, 2020 meeting at a facility that did not comply with the OMA's accessibility requirements for persons with disabilities. The Board did not dispute that its Plainfield Pike property had accessibility barriers and did not...

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