State Government Press Releases

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12/05/2016
Based upon the evidence presented, the subject document responsive to Save the Bay's APRA request was generated by the Chief of DEM's Office of Compliance and Inspection, in consultation with DEM attorneys (and on occasion with attorneys from the Department of Attorney General) to evaluate and...
11/25/2016
This Department determined that the RISILC and its leadership subcommittee is a public body for purposes of the OMA and this finding, and that the RISILC violated the OMA by failing to post minutes to the Secretary of State's website for the May 20, 2015, June 24, 2015, June 25, 2015, July 8, 2015,
11/25/2016
This Department concluded that the DPS did not violate the APRA because its search and retrieval relating to the Complainant's APRA request was reasonably calculated to discover all responsive documents. The APRA request sought arrest records and "any related documents, due to any body attachments,
11/25/2016
This supplemental finding addressed whether Complainant's rebuttal altered our finding in Katz v. Employees Retirement System, PR 16-32. The evidence demonstrated that Complainant's APRA request sought data that was not part of the public body's computer program's usual outputs. Calculating a new...
11/14/2016
The School Committee violated the OMA when it voted on the issue of appointment of a Superintendent while in executive session pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1). The plain language of the OMA and our previous findings have held that when a public body chooses to convene into executive...
11/02/2016
The Office of Attorney General today filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court citing the Compass School for a willful and knowing, or reckless, violation of the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA) for failure to respond to an APRA request within the time as prescribed by law.
11/01/2016
Complainant alleged that the DOC violated the APRA when it declined to produce documents responsive to its APRA request. The evidence indicated that the DOC properly withheld documents due to the privacy interests that outweighed the public interest in disclosure. We also found that the documents...
10/14/2016
This Department has long held that "in order for this Department to have jurisdiction to inquire into an APRA matter, the complainant must first have requested a record from a public body, and second, the complainant must have been denied access to the requested record." Schmidt v. Ashaway...
10/14/2016
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his APRA request. The evidence indicated that the Town timely responded to the APRA request by stating that it did not have the requested documents. We also found that Complainant's suggestion that the Police...
10/07/2016
The Cranston Police Department did not violate the APRA when it withheld some documents responsive to an incident report and provided other documents related to an incident report in a redacted manner. No evidence was presented that disclosure would advance the APRA "public interest" as described...