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RI and Mass., graded 'F' for government transparency

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Rhode Island and Massachusetts have been given the grade of "F" when it comes to government transparency says a national study.

The study conducted by OpenStates.org examined each states based on six factors; completeness, timeliness, ease of access, machine readability, use of commonly owned standards, and permanence.

Rhode Island received a zero in completeness indicating that the state provides a "full breadth of legislative artifacts" including bills, legislators, votes, and committees. RI did not rank so well when it came to timeliness of public information. The study ranked RI -1, indicating that it can take up to a week for public information to be updated on state websites.

The state got a zero when it came to use of commonly owned standards indicating stat bills are provided in PDF or HTML format but the state does not go "above and beyond."

RI did poorly when it came to permanence receiving a -1 indicating that the ability to link to old information is "badly damaged" or there is "less than a decade of historical information" available.

Massachusetts performed worse than Rhode Island receiving "-2" marks in ease of access and machine readability. Mass., was scored -1 in completeness and -1 in permanence.

Nearby Connecticut got an "A" grade on the report.

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