OPEN GOVERNMENT INTERACTIVE AND ACCESS REPORT
The Department of State is the state’s central hub that connects, informs, and empowers Rhode Islanders. Ensuring full transparency in government for all stakeholders and the general public is one of the Department of State’s primary responsibilities.
State law requires lobbyists, lobbying firms, and their clients to register with us and to report a variety of data regarding their activities. State Law also requires quasi public, municipal, and state public bodies to file their public meeting notices at least 48-hours in advance of the date of the meeting with the RI Department of State. The interactive charts on this page are data visualizations of the information filed with the Department of State. We have also included information on House and Senate committee meetings.
TYPES OF REGISTERED LOBBYISTS
How many lobbyists?
Up until last year, there were two types of lobbying in Rhode Island: Executive and Legislative. Executive lobbyists lobbied the Executive branch of government and Legislative lobbyists lobbied the General Assembly. Legislative lobbyists that testified less than two times were called limited lobbyists. Governmental lobbyists lobbied on behalf of a governmental body.
This data shows the different types of lobbyists through December 2016. The passage of the RI Lobbying Reform Act implemented this year simplified the lobbying laws in Rhode Island. Learn more about the new lobbying law here.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT USE LOBBYISTS
TOP 5 LOBBYING TOPICS
Why are they lobbying?
Registered lobbyists must self-identify the subjects they are actively lobbying. These subjects frequently mirror legislative topics up for debate each session. These five topics had the most lobbying relationships registered with the Department of State in 2016.
Why are they lobbying?
Registered lobbyists must self-identify the subjects they are actively lobbying. These subjects frequently mirror legislative topics up for debate each session. Currently, the Department of State recognizes more than 40 unique subjects. Click on a subject to see the number of lobbying relationships that were registered annually.
ALL LOBBYING TOPICS
GENERAL ASSEMBLY ACCESS
HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
How are they doing?
Although not required by law, the General Assembly files notice of any committee meetings at least 48-hours in advance of the meeting date. These notices are filed electronically and are available on the Legislative Data Bulletin Board. This chart shows the percentage of meetings that were filed at least 48-hours in advance of the meeting date.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING COMPLIANCE
Public Meeting Notices
TYPES OF PUBLIC BODIES
There are 2,644 public bodies consisting of State, Quasi-Public, and Municipal entities in the Department of State Open Meetings Database. Public bodies may meet regularly and some meet less frequently on an "as needed” basis. Each public body is required to file public meeting notices with the RI Department of State. We have broken out those public bodies that are actively filing meeting agendas from those that have not met over the last two calendar years.
Lobbying: Department of State’s Lobby Tracker, 2012-2016. Top five topics determined by the number of lobbying relationships for each topic in 2016.
General Assembly Notices: Rhode Island Access Report, 2012-2016. Compliance percentage calculated by dividing the number of meetings in compliance by the total number of meetings and multiplying by 100.
Public Meeting Notices: Department of State’s Open Meetings Database, 2016. Public bodies were deemed inactive if they had not convened from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.