Kilmartin to hold seminar on new open government laws

Jul 10, 2012

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.

According to Kilmartin spokeswomen Amy Kempe, more than 500 lawyers, municipal officials and law enforcement officials have signed up for the meeting. Kilmartin and his staffers will be available to discuss and answer questions on the new law, which goes into effect on September 1.

The new law means that journalists and citizens will have access to public records that were previously closed. The changes will also require public officials to certify annually to the attorney general that they have received training in the provisions of the new law.