- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Department of State has published its annual report showing how well lawmakers are complying with the Open Meetings Act.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says the 2014 Access Report shows the General Assembly’s compliance with the law was 94 percent last year, up one percent from 2013. She says the House of Representatives was 91 percent compliant, while compliance by the Senate was 97 percent.

The state’s Open Meetings Act requires governmental bodies to post meeting notices and agendas at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Gorbea says the General Assembly is exempt from the law but the House and the Senate issue their meeting notices in accordance with their own rules.

Gorbea says ensuring transparency in government is one of her department’s primary responsibilities.

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