Sunshine Week: The Future of Online Public Meetings in Rhode Island

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will be celebrating Sunshine Week with an expert, online panel discussion at 7 p.m. ET on March 23.

The discussion will focus on the future of online public meetings in Rhode Island and other potential changes to the state’s open meeting law. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The event is also sponsored by Common Cause Rhode Island, ACLU Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Press Association and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative supported by the News Leaders Association to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy. View previous NEFAC Sunshine Week events here.

What’s the Future of Online Public Meetings in Rhode Island?

March 23 | 7 p.m. ET

When the pandemic began two years ago, our government moved online. Since then we have seen the good and the bad of online public meetings. Join us for a discussion about what the future holds for online public meetings in Rhode Island. We will hear from advocates and practitioners about the pros and cons of government by Zoom.

Speakers Include

JOHN MARION | Common Cause Rhode Island
SCOTT PICKERING | East Bay Newspapers
LIZ TANNER | Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
JORDAN DAY | Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Leadership Circle donors include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, The Boston Globe, Paul and Ann Sagan, and the Robertson Foundation. Major Supporters include Boston University, WBUR-Boston, the Academy of New England Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Genie Gannett for the First Amendment Museum, Linda Pizzuti Henry and Connecticut Public.