Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA) allows any person to request public records with no statement of purpose. There is a restriction on commercial use of public records and the response time is 10 business days. Here is a template for requesting public records in Rhode Island in compliance with APRA.
Name of State Act:
Access to Public Records Act
Presumption of disclosure with few exemptions
10 Business Days
Cannot use public records to ""solicit for commercial purposes, or to obtain a commercial advantage over the party furnishing that information to the public body"
We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.
What if my request is denied?
Any denial of the right to inspect or copy records, in whole or in part, will be made to you in writing, and will include the reason(s) for the denial and the procedures for appealing the denial.
Are there fees for records requests?
The cost per copied page is fifteen cents ($0.15). The hourly cost for a search and/or retrieval is fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour. There is no charge for the first hour of a search and/or retrieval.
When can I expect a response?
The Access to Public Records Act allows ten (10) business days within which to respond to a public records request. This time period can be extended to twenty (20) business days if the voluminous nature of the request, the number of request for records pending, or the difficulty in searching for and retrieving or copying the requested records is such that additional time is necessary.
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