Open government groups meet with administration officials

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five organizations are raising concerns about Gov. Gina Raimondo’s commitment to the public’s right to know.

ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union, Rhode Island Press Association, New England First Amendment Coalition and League of Women Voters told the governor’s staff Tuesday that state agencies aren’t releasing routine information quickly. The groups noted past administrations were more open.

Stephen Neuman, Raimondo’s chief of staff, promised to promote greater transparency. In a memo Tuesday, he told agency directors that information should be disclosed whenever possible.

ACCESS/RI says the memo should have come from the governor herself. Neuman says the administration has disclosed challenges within agencies.

The ACLU says it’s easier to be open about problems from past administrations. The press association says the public and the administration will benefit if information is released expediently.

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