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Ken Block files complaint against state agency

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Nicole Gerber

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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."

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