Rhode Island

M. Personnel records.

Personnel records are generally excluded by Exemption (A), provided records are identifiable to an individual applicant for benefits, clients, patient, student, or employer. R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(i)(A).. However, there is a list of specific personnel information that is required to be public under the APRA. Id. Moreover, pension records of all persons who are either current or retired members of the retirement systems established by the general laws as well as all persons who become members of those retirement systems after June 17, 1991 shall be open for public inspection.

2. Legislative bodies.

Subject to the APRA.  R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(1) (1999)

b. Mandatory or discretionary closure.

The language of the OML, that a public body “may” close a meeting, indicates that the exemptions are discretionary. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a).

3. Other remedies

There is no further statutory or case law addressing this.

I. STATUTE -- BASIC APPLICATION.

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A. Shield law statute

The Rhode Island Shield Law, known as the "Newsman's Privilege Act", is found in Rhode Island General Laws § 9-19.1-1 through § 9-19.1-3. It was enacted in 1971 and subsequently amended in 1997.

The statute provides:

7. Victims.

There is no statutory or case law addressing this issue.

b. Duplication.

Fifteen cents per page maximum for documents copyable on common business or legal size paper. R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-4(a).

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