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Rhode Island Island Legislature Okays Quicker Records Access

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The Rhode Island legislature approved a bill that will speed the release of records by cutting the time given agencies to respond to a request from 10 to 7 days. It also prohibits agencies from requiring requesters to state the reason they are seeking a record. The law provides a shorter deadline – 24 hours – for basic crime reports but police would have seven days to provide the narrative sections of the reports. (6/23/08)