RI ACLU Says I-195 Commission Should Err On The Side Of Transparency

May 21, 2014

The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU says the 195 Commission should err on the side of transparency in releasing information to the public. The commission held a number of votes in a closed session Monday without describing what they were about. A spokeswoman for the commission says it has received several proposals for land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.

Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown said the 195 commission appears to be within its legal rights by not releasing more information about its votes before signing a letter of intent.

“So far what they’ve done appears legal under the Open Meetings Law. I do think, however, once the bidding is done and a letter is signed they do have an obligation to reveal all the votes they took in closed session," said Brown.

195 commission spokeswoman Dyana Koelsch said the proposals for the former highway land include concepts for residential, commercial, recreational and retail use.

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