Yahoo! News/Providence Journal: Everyone wants something from Rhode Island’s part-time lawmakers. Here’s the list.
Yahoo! News/Providence Journal: Everyone wants something from Rhode Island's part-time lawmakers. Here's the list.
“It targets specific instances when the government has used APRA to stonewall specific requests, like RIDOT’s decision to withhold accident data it collects from all of Rhode Island’s municipalities,” says John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island.
“With respect to the Washington Bridge emails,” he said of emails for which different media outlets were charged anything from zero to $450 for the same 236 pages, “the bill would lower the costs by doubling the amount of free search time given for each request, and providing two hours of free time for redaction.”
“Given that this was the biggest news story in the state,” Marion said of the highway bridge closure, “requiring advance payment from multiple legacy news organizations before release of the documents was a case of RIDOT using APRA as a shield in a way that undermines the purpose of the APRA.”
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