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Email exemption in RI’s Public Records Act raises eyebrows

Searching for information about government business in Rhode Island is a little tougher in comparison to many other places due to a clause in the state’s access to Public Records Act.

Rep.-elect apologizes for faking campaign invoice

A newly elected state representative is apologizing after he acknowledges he misled members of the local Democratic town committee about a mailer, as the committee calls on him not to take his seat in the General Assembly.

Hummel Report: Felonious ex-R.I. Sen. Christopher Maselli now conducts arraignments

Christopher Maselli, a former state senator from Johnston who spent two years in federal prison for bank fraud, has been working on behalf of the state judiciary over the past year as a bail commissioner. The discovery of his criminal record brought a swift reaction from several of the communities where he has been working.

Bill would allow hiring of multiple District Court magistrates in R.I.

A year ago, state lawmakers approved the appointment of a former state representative, the House speaker’s legal counsel and a legal adviser to the governor with family ties to the Senate leadership and the Laborers International Union to top-paid posts in the state courts, in which they get to wear the same black robes as judges without having to go through the same screening.

Editorial: Please show up and speak out

Rhode Island General Assembly hearings must be announced at least 48 hours ahead of time, which is supposed to give the public a heads up. On Monday afternoon, one legislative commission barely beat that deadline with an announcement it would take testimony on the line-item veto at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

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