Tim White talks public records in the new Providence PhoenixJune 14th, 2012 at 2:36 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
David Scharfenberg talks to Tim in The Providence Phoenix:
I’M WONDERING IF YOU COULD PUT IN PERSPECTIVE JUST HOW AWFUL RHODE ISLAND’S PUBLIC RECORDS LAW IS AT PRESENT. I have worked in other markets and when I came here I was absolutely stunned to find how much was sealed from public inspection. And as I got more familiar with our public records law, I realized that Rhode Island is in the dark ages.
Rhode Island has a reputation [for] corruption — it’s not always fair, but some of it is earned. And I think the public records law has a lot to do with it, honestly. I’m not being overdramatic here. I think that because public records law keeps so much sealed from inspection, it’s created a petri dish for bad things to grow in the dark.
• Related: Common Cause, NEFAC urge Chafee to sign public records bill (June 13)