PROVIDENCE - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is calling out
a state agency, accusing it of violating Open Meetings Acts.
Block says the State Properties Committee broke state laws
by failing to publicize notes from 10 different meetings last year, and for one meeting minutes were filed well past the
law's 35–day deadline.
In a press conference this afternoon, Block said that this
type of secretive behavior gives the state a bad reputation.
"The message that we send to individuals, that we send to
businesses, is that this is a closed state, that you have to know somebody to
get things done," he said.
Block has filed a formal complaint with the Attorney General.
Department of Administration executive director Ronald Renaud released a statement saying that "a plan is in place to catch up
with the missing minutes" and that they weren't filed because the
"committee is extremely short staffed. "
He says "transparency is a top priority for the administration."