Rhode Island’s governor has signed legislation making several changes to the state’s open records law.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill Tuesday.
The newly updated open records law will allow greater access to records that identify public employees or other individuals unless disclosure of the information violates the person’s personal privacy. Previously many documents that identify an individual were not open to public review.
The new law also requires arrest records to be available more quickly, ensures the disclosure of public employee contracts and increases fines for public bodies that violate the law.