Currently, the state Board of Elections is virtually the only major state agency exempt from the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires state agencies to adopt rules and regulations through an open, public process. As a result, the Board can modify how elections take place in Rhode Island without having to inform the public or accept public input. The ACLU testified before the House and Senate Judiciary committee in support of legislation to eliminate this exemption. No action was taken on this legislation.
Administrative Procedures Act (H 5339, S 229)
Representative Carlos Tobon and Senator Stephen Archambault