38 Studios transparency legislation signed by governor
STATE HOUSE – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Charlene M. Lima (D-14, Cranston, Providence) and Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston) that makes public previously undisclosed records from the state's investigation of 38 Studios was signed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo.
The Governor also announced her administration will immediately file an objection to a court order obtained in June by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin blocking the release of documents from the 38 Studios investigation even after the Governor has signed the bill into law.
“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.”
“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.”
"I was against 38 Studios from the very beginning and believe that Rhode Islanders deserve to know what happened," Governor Raimondo said. "It's time for Attorney General Kilmartin to stop opposing the will of the people, and to disclose all 38 Studios investigation records that his office has done everything to block from public view."
The legislation (2017-H 5347B / 2017-S 0932A) declares that all documents related to the Attorney General and State Police investigation of Curt Schilling's failed video-game company are public records. Documents created as part of the grand jury investigation into 38 Studios would still require the approval of the Presiding Justice of the Superior Court.
Attorney General Kilmartin has repeatedly gone to court in order to prevent the disclosure of records related to the 38 studios investigation.
Over the last three years, the Commerce Corporation has reached settlements with various parties involved with 38 Studios. In all, the State has achieved more than $60 million in settlements.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903