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 23rd Annual Open Government Summit was held virtually on Friday, July 30, 2021. A live stream of the summit is available here.

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

Open Govt. Findings

07/27/2021 10:15 EDT
The Complainant alleged that the Woonsocket Board of Canvassers violated the OMA by failing to post minutes for its September 23, 2020 meeting to the Secretary of State's website within thirty-five days of the meeting. In response, the Board conceded that it had failed to post meeting minutes to...
07/27/2021 10:15 EDT
The Complainant filed three complaints, each alleging that public bodies violated the APRA by denying her APRA requests. The Complaint against the Narragansett Bay Commission alleged that the NBC improperly denied the Complainant's request for the names and addresses of individuals delinquent...
07/27/2021 10:15 EDT
The Complainant alleged that the DLT violated the APRA by denying her request for the names and addresses of people receiving unemployment benefits, as well as names and addresses of those who recently ceased receiving unemployment benefits. The DLT provided this Office with evidence that...
07/06/2021 14:00 EDT
The Complainant alleged that the Governor's Office failed to respond to his APRA request. The undisputed evidence demonstrated that Complainant did not submit the request in accordance with the Governor's Office's promulgated and posted APRA procedures. Accordingly, we found no violation.

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