General Assembly passes bill requiring 38 Studios records to be made available to the public
STATE HOUSE — The General Assembly today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston) and Rep. Charlene M. Lima (D-Dist. 14, Cranston, Providence) that would provide for the release of certain records pertaining to the investigation of 38 Studios, LLC. The measure now moves to the governor’s office.
The legislation (2017-S 0932A, 2017-H 5347B) would require that any investigatory records generated or obtained by the Rhode Island State Police or the Rhode Island Attorney General in conducting an investigation surrounding the funding of 38 Studios, LLC by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation shall be made available to the public.
“The people of Rhode Island deserve to have access to all the information regarding the 38 Studios debacle,” said Senator Lombardi, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules, Government Oversight and Ethics. “Government works best when it’s completely transparent — and that’s exactly what people expect.”
The bill would exempt private information, such as names, addresses and Social Security numbers.
“For far too long the citizens of Rhode Island have been promised full disclosure of the insider deals that led to the 38 Studios scandal and for far too long those hollow promises have been broken,” said Representative Lima. “The time for political posturing is over. The time for false excuses is over. The time to finally release all the records, no matter how scurrilous and politically damaging, is long overdue.”
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903