Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is offering the public a guide to connecting with local, state and federal officials. The Rhode Island Government Owner’s Manual includes contact information for the state’s Congressional delegation, municipal leaders and key officials in all three branches of state government.
The directory is available free of charge at the Secretary of State’s office at the State House, the State Archives at 337 Westminster St., Providence, and the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division at 148 West River St., Providence, and most public libraries. A searchable, electronic version is also posted on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.ri.gov.
Mollis produced 5,500 copies of the 300-page guide for distribution. Printed every two years to reflect the results of November elections, the book has historically been popular with the public.
The new owner’s manual includes contact information for hundreds of officials, including every member of the General Assembly as well as city and town councils and school committees. The directory even lists key staff for state agencies and municipal departments.
The guide also continues a practice Mollis introduced six years ago – publishing the name of every registered State House lobbyist as well as the clients they represent.
The guide also promotes the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island’s Royal Charter of 1663. The cover features the opening sentences of the historic document, which gave colonial Rhode Islanders an unprecedented degree of self-governance and religious liberty. The back cover features a photo of the charter, which is on display outside the Senate Chamber at the State House.
Mollis, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the R.I. 1663 Colonial Charter Commission are planning a series of events this summer, including opening the State House to the public on Sat., June 22 to mark the 350th anniversary.