The ACLU expressed support for legislation that would allow the Secretary of State to seek judicial relief if a state or municipal agency is unlawfully destroying or otherwise failing to properly maintain public records, a power that she presently lacks. The importance of this became clear to us this year after we discovered that the R.I. State Police was unable to provide copies of dozens of news releases the agency had issued in recent years; it did not keep hard copies of many of the releases, nor did anybody preserve them after they were removed after a year from the agency’s website.

Sponsors

Senator Dawn Euer and Senator Stephen Archambault

Status

Held for Further Study

Session

2021

Bill number

S 800, S 807

Position

Support