Peter Kilmartin

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed expansion in the expungement of criminal records in Rhode Island. Supporters call expungement a way for former offenders to overcome past mistakes.

Deacon Jay Parker was one of the people to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Parker says criminal charges from more than 20 years ago have been an obstacle when he’s applied for jobs.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mar 5, 2013

Congressman David Cicilline predicts that public outrage about the impact of across the board spending cuts will eventually lead to a new budget agreement.  Early voting could come to RI if a proposed bill is passed by the General Assembly.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   

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Shred-A-Thons to be Held all Week in Rhode Island

Mar 4, 2013

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin kicked off a state-wide Shred-A-Thon as part of National Consumer Protection Week. 

This is the third year the state has offered free shredding services for personal and confidential documents.

According to Kilmartin the past “Shred-A-Thons” have kept nearly nine tons of materials out of RI landfills.

Residents can bring up to 2 banker boxes of documents for shredding and are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to the RI Community Food Bank. 

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

There’s a lot of talk on Smith Hill this week about guns, including several new bills that aim to tighten gun ownership and possession laws. We sat down with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to learn more about how his office is contributing to the gun conversation. One major issue is Rhode Island’s participation in the national gun background check databases.

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The General Assembly is scheduled to hear testimony today on legislation banning drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts. The proposed legislation comes from Rhode Island's Attorney General.

Ian Donnis

US Attorney Peter Neronha is Rhode Island's top federal prosecutor. His office prosecutes about 40 or so gun-related cases each year, some of them with far stiffer sentences than state prosecutions. But Neronha says prosecutions are just one part of what it will take to reduce gun-related crime. He also questions the view among some in law enforcement that federal sentencing has a stronger deterrent effect in gun cases.

A crucial aspect of the state’s new Open Meetings and Access to Public Records acts is whether the attorney general is ready to be vigilant in enforcing the amended provisions approved by the General Assembly.

The good news for open government advocates is that Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin has announced that he and his staff are holding a July 27th information seminar at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol to explain details of the new law, which is designed to strengthen Rhode Island’s open government laws, which have too often been ignored in the past.