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Open government groups ask governor to promote transparency

Five organizations are calling on Governor Gina Raimondo to promote greater government transparency, citing a lack of interest among state executive agencies in supporting the public’s right to know. ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Press Association, New England First Amendment Coalition, and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island wrote to Raimondo Tuesday. They said the state Department of Transportation’s response to a records request about a contentious truck toll proposal was incomplete and questioned the administration’s refusal to release any records about hiring a former lawmaker. They want Raimondo to issue an executive order stating that agencies should favor disclosure.