Transparent government is key to holding power accountable. In Rhode Island the Open Meetings Act, Access to Public Records Act, and Administrative Procedures Act form the foundation of open government. Common Cause continues to fight for improvements to those laws. We also use them to hold power accountable by filing complaints against public bodies when necessary.
After a more than half-decade of work the General Assembly improved the Access to Public Records Act. Guaranteeing access to pension records, employment contracts, and requiring training and certification for employees who respond to records request, significant changes were made. Also, in 2012 Executive Director John Marion chaired the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability that established guidelines for improving open government in the capital city. Common Cause is also a member of the state’s open government coalition, ACCESS/RI.