- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Five organizations are calling on Gov. Gina Raimondo to promote greater transparency, citing a pattern of disinterest among state executive agencies in promoting the public’s right to know.

ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union, Rhode Island Press Association, New England First Amendment Coalition and League of Women Voters wrote to Raimondo on Tuesday.

They said the transportation department’s response to a records request about proposed truck tolls was incomplete, and questioned the administration’s refusal to release any records about hiring a former lawmaker.

They also took issue with health officials not releasing a federal funding application.

The groups want Raimondo to issue an executive order stating agencies should favor disclosure.

Raimondo’s spokeswoman says the administration takes transparency seriously and has disclosed challenges within agencies. She says the groups will be invited to a meeting to discuss working cooperatively.

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