Monday, June 11, 2012

Rhode Island fast-tracks public records bill

"“In my four sessions at the General Assembly I’ve never seen a public records bill in the Labor Committee,” John Marion, who heads Common Cause Rhode Island, told on Sunday. Despite Common Cause’s longstanding advocacy on public records, Marion didn’t hear about the bill until a few days ago.

The bill would change the law to make the payroll records of contractors and subcontractors’ employees a public record if they’re on a public works project. Government contractors are a bĂȘte noire of Rhode Island’s public-sector unions, and contractor shenanigans caused controversy on the Warwick City Council."

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