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Rhode Island Considering Shorter Records Response Time

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Open government advocates in Rhode Island have put their support behind a new bill that would cut the time most agencies have to respond to records requests from 10 to 3 days. Police departments would have just 24 hours to make available arrest reports. The bill, however, allows up to 20 days for a response to complex requests. The proposal would also allow citizens to make a request without identifying themselves or providing a reason why they want the information. (3/7/08)