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Rhode Island Governor Vetoes Bill Speeding Response to Records Requests

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Rhode Island’s governor has vetoed legislation that would have required law enforcement agencies to release public records within 7 days of a request, saying the bill would “force our law-enforcement agencies to publicly release information that may compromise public safety.” He also said he was concerned about releasing the location where police arrests occurred. ACLU Executive Director Steven Brown said the veto “demonstrates a shocking indifference to the public’s right to know.” (7/7/08)