Rhode Island State Resource Center
Rhode Island Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Rhode Island Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the state of Rhode Island. Additionally, the attorney general represents all agencies, departments, and commissions in litigation and initiates legal action where necessary to protect the interests of Rhode Island citizens. The attorney general provides legal advice to state officers and state agencies whenever requested.
- General Treasurer
The General Treasurer receives and disburses all state funds, issues general obligation notes and bonds, manages the investment of state funds and oversees the retirement system for state employees, teachers and some municipal employees. He is also responsible for the management of the Unclaimed Property Division, the Crime Victim Compensation Program and the state-sponsored CollegeBoundfund.
The Rhode Island Governor is the chief executive power of state of Rhode Island and is responsible for maintaining that laws are executed according to state law and the state constitution. The governor has the power to grant reprieves, after conviction, in all cases, except those of impeachment, until the end of the next session of the general assembly. Additionally, the governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; has the responsibility to submit the state budget to general assembly annually; and can call for special sessions with the general assembly.
- Lt. Governor
The Rhode Island Lt. Governor is a constitutional officer of the state of Rhode Island. As stated by the state constitution the Lt. Governor assumes the duties of the governor during any vacancies in the Governor's Office or in the event of the incapacitation of the governor. The Lt. governor may serve two, consecutive four-year terms.
- Rhode Island State
The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more commonly referred to as Rhode Island is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island was the first of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from British rule and the last to ratify the United States Constitution. Its official nickname is "The Ocean State," a reference to the state's geography.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the stateís third ranking elected official, following the Governor and Lt. Governor. State law gives the Secretary of State many different duties. As Rhode Islandís top elected elections official, the Secretary of State registers voters, prepares ballots, certifies election results and administer oaths of office. Laws and other official acts such as issuing bonds must be signed by the Secretary of State in order to make them official. In addition, the Secretary of State also processes, preserves and provides access to hundreds of thousands of historic documents and public records.
Rhode Island Legislative Branch
- Auditor General
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) is the State of Rhode Island's legislative audit agency. OAG conductS financial and performance audits to provide independent and reliable information to the General Assembly on a variety of topics including the State's financial condition, its use of federal funds in compliance with federal law and regulations, and whether programs are operating efficiently and effectively.
- Rhode Island General Assembly
The State of Rhode Island General Assembly is the state legislature of Rhode Island. A bicameral body, it is composed of the lower Rhode Island House of Representatives with 75 Representatives, and the upper Rhode Island State Senate with 38 Senators. Members are elected in the general election immediately preceding the beginning of the term or in special elections called to fill vacancies.
Rhode Island Court Rules and Forms
- Distict Court Landlord Tenant Forms
- District Court Forms
Provides links to General District Court Forms; Court Appointment Information Forms; and Request for Payment for Indigent Defense Services Forms
- District Court Rules of Procedure
Provides link to automatic pdf download of Civil Rules of Procedure.
- District Court Small Claims Court Forms
- Family Court Forms
Provides links to General Family Court Forms; Court Appointment Information Forms; and Request for Payment for Indigent Defense Services Forms
- Judiciary of Rhode Island
Main Forms Page for various courts and other forms and information.
- Superior Court Forms
Provides links to General Superior Court Forms; Court Appointment Information Forms; and Request for Payment for Indigent Defense Services Forms.
- Supreme Court Forms
Provides links to General Supreme Court Forms; Court Appointment Information Forms; and Request for Payment for Indigent Defense Services Forms.
- Supreme Court Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct
Provides link to automatic pdf download of Rules of Professional Conduct
- Traffic Tribunal Forms
Provides links to Traffic Tribunal forms and information.
- Traffic Tribunal Rules
Provides links to Traffic Tribunal Rules of Procedure.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of Rhode Island Rules & Forms
Rhode Island Bankruptcy Local Rules, Forms and Appendices.
- Workers' Compensation Court Forms
Provides links to Workers' Compensation Court Forms.
Rhode Island Judicial Branch
- Rhode Island Judiciary System
Rhode Island has a state trial court system and some local courts operated by municipalities. The state trial court system consists of Superior Courts, Family Courts, District Courts, Traffic Tribunal Courts and the Workers' Compensation Court. Municipal Courts and Probate Courts are local courts. Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over all types of civil and criminal cases, but generally only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Family Courts, District Courts, Traffic Tribunals, Municipal Courts and Probate Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of cases. The Workers' Compensation Court is a specialized court that handles certain types of civil cases for the entire state from one main location.
- State Law Library
The Rhode Island State Law Library's primary mission is to service the reference and research needs of the bench and the bar. As a publicly funded institution, the Law Library is also open to the public and dedicated to the public's right to legal information as a basic tenet of a free and democratic society. As the only public comprehensive Law Library located in the state, the library attempts to collect, disseminate, and make accessible all primary sources of American law, as well as a large selection of secondary materials.
Rhode Island Executive Branch
- Budget Office
The goal of the Budget Office is to provide sound staff advice to the Governor for the responsible financial management of state government, including evaluation of needed resources, analysis of state programs, priorities, and alternatives, and the optimum allocation of resources to meet policy and management goals for services to the people of Rhode Island.
- Department of Administration: Division of Purchases
The goal of the Division of Purchases is to streamline the procurement process to provide more opportunities to the vendors, especially small businesses, women owned businesses, and minority owned businesses.
- Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
The name of this Department has been officially changed from the Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). The name change continues the Department's fight against the stigmatization of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders and addictions.
- Department of Business Regulation
The primary function of the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) is the implementation of state laws mandating the regulation and licensing of designated businesses, professions, occupations and other specified activities. DBR is composed of five divisions and Central Management, which includes the administrative, legal, and data operations sections. The respective divisions are: Banking, Securities, Commercial Licensing & Regulation, Racing and Athletics and Insurance.
- Department of Children, Youth and Families
The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) was established by the state legislature in 1980 by merging children's programs previously administered by 4 different state agencies. Rhode Island is one of a small group of states that integrate the 3 major public responsibilities for troubled children, youth and families in one agency: Child Welfare, Children's Behavioral Health, and Juvenile Corrections.
- Department of Corrections
The mission of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) is to contribute to public safety by maintaining a balanced correctional system of institutional and community programs that provide a range of control and rehabilitative options for criminal offenders.
- Department of Elderly Affairs
The mission of the Department of Elderly Affairs is to ensure excellence in service, advocacy and public policy dedicated to the needs of older Rhode Islanders and their caregivers through a single, visible and responsive agency.
- Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is the state education agency of Rhode Island. It is headquartered in Providence.
- Department of Environmental Management
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is the state agency responsible for programs affecting agriculture, air, coastal resources, fish and wildlife, forests, water resources and watersheds. DEM's work toward clean air, clean water, livable communities, healthy ecosystems, viable natural resource-based industries, abundant open space and recreational opportunities and managing natural resources on a watershed-wide basis is performed in a spirit of open and effective government
- Department of Health
The Department of Health is a diverse and interactive state agency with broad-ranging public health responsibilities. As Rhode Island has no local health departments, the Department coordinates public health activities across the state. All programs and services are coordinated by its Divisions and Centers. The Department has several areas of responsibility.
- Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is an organization of opportunity, working hand-in-hand with other resources in Rhode Island to offer a full continuum of services for families, adults, children, elders, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
- Department of Labor and Training
The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) provides workforce protection and development services. DLT's Divisions and Units include: Unemployment Insurance; Labor Standards; Temporary Disability Insurance; Occupational Safety; Workers' Compensation; Professional Regulation/Trade Licensing; Labor Market Information; Prevailing Wage; netWORKri One-Stop Centers; State Workforce Investment Office; Board of Review; Apprenticeship; Workforce Development; and Employer Tax - Division of Taxation.
- Department of Transportation
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is charged with construction, maintenance and inspection of a wide range of transportation infrastructure. Rhode Island ports are handled by the R.I. Economic Development Corporation; airports in Rhode Island are overseen by the subsidiary R.I. Airport Corporation, and passenger train service is operated by Amtrak (a federal semi-public corporation) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (a state agency of Massachusetts).
- Division of Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation is a division of the Department of Environmental Management. It is tasked with the managment of Rhode Island's State Parks.
- Division of Planning
The Division of Planning is a division of the Department of Administration. It is made up of The Statewide Planning Program; The Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development (including the Housing Resources Commission); and The Office of Strategic Planning and Economic Development.
- Emergency Management Agency
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is the coordinating agency for multi-jurisdiction and multi-agency response in the State of Rhode Island for all emergencies including natural and technological hazards such as fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, chemical releases, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism incidents.
- Office of Library and Information Services
The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is a division of the Department of Administration. OLIS is the state library agency for Rhode Island. OLIS supports and strengthens library and information services in the state to ensure that all residents will benefit from free and convenient access to library and information resources and services. OLIS also participates in planning and providing access to online government information for state agencies and the public.
- Rhode Island Division of Taxation/Department of Revenue
The Division of Taxation/Department of Revenue is a Division of the Department of Administration. The mission of the Department is to administer and collect revenues under its jurisdiction in a manner that is fair, equitable, and timely, and to work with municipalities to preserve the fiscal health and assist in times of stress.
- Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is the full service, official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island. A quasi-public agency, the Corporation serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. The agency assists companies with commercial real estate, business financing, workforce training and other relevant issues.
- Rhode Island State Library
The State Library is a division of the office of the Secretary of State. The State Library helps lawmakers and the public with legal and historical research. There are more than 155,000 volumes in the Library's collections ranging from reports by federal and state agencies to a complete set of legislative journals.
- Rhode Island Travel Guide
The Rhode Island Travel Guide is the official tourism website for the Rhode Island Tourism Division. The Rhode Island Tourism division is responsible for the promotion and development of Rhode Island's 4.7 billion dollar travel and tourism industry; and implements its national and international marketing, advertising and public relations program.
- State Archives
The Rhode Island State Archives preserves and makes available for research Rhode Island's historical public records, which date from 1638 to the present. The Public Records Administration provides records management assistance to state agencies. The Local Government Records Program provides similar services to municipalities, including consultation on the preservation and administration of municipal archives. The Administrative Records Program manages the rules and regulations filed with the Office of the Secretary of State.
- State Police
The Rhode Island State Police is a full service, statewide law enforcement agency whose mission is to fulfill the law enforcement needs of the people with the highest degree of fairness, professionalism and integrity, and protect the inherent rights of the people to live in freedom and safety.
Rhode Island Boards and Commissions
- Board of Governors for Higher Education
The mission of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education is to provide an excellent, efficient, accessible and affordable system of higher education designed to improve the overall educational attainment of Rhode Islanders and thereby enrich the intellectual, economic, social and cultural life of the state, its residents, and its communities.
- Ethics Commission
The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is a constitutionally mandated body empowered to adopt, enforce and administer the Code of Ethics. The Commission educates and advises public officials and employees about the standards of conduct set out in the Code of Ethics. Additionally, the Ethics Commission oversees the financial disclosure program which requires all elected officials, all candidates for public office and certain categories of persons appointed to serve as officers or members of state or municipal agencies to file statements annually.
- Rhode Island Board of Elections
The Board of Elections is the state agency responsible for regulating various aspects of the elections process within Rhode Island. The mission of the Board is to protect the integrity of the electoral process and to effectively and efficiently administer the provisions of the election laws of the U.S. and of Rhode Island including, but not limited to, the governance and conduct of elections, voter registration, campaign finance, public funding of campaigns and any other duties prescribed by law.
- Rhode Island Clean Water Foundation
The Agency was created to administer certain federal and state programs relating to municipal or community wastewater and drinking water financial assistance. The Agency's operating expenses are funded solely from loan service fees generated from managing its programs.
- Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
The Public Utilities Commission comprises two distinct regulatory bodies: a three-member Commission (Commission) and the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (Division). Although two distinct regulatory bodies, the Commission and Division generally operate in concert. Both entities may conduct inquiries, investigations and hearings to effectuate their respective duties. Both may issue orders that have the force and effect of law.
- State Council on the Arts
The RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community. RISCA'a mission is to serve as a catalyst for the advancement, appreciation and promotion of excellence in the arts, by encouraging leadership, participation, and education in the arts for all Rhode Islanders.