State Government Press Releases

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08/18/2017
The Complainant alleged that the EFSB violated the OMA when it denied him entry to a pre-hearing conference. The uncontroverted evidence demonstrated that the pre-hearing conference was only attended by three private attorneys and an attorney for the PUC. Because none of the EFSB members was...
08/18/2017
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it denied his request for transcripts and/or a recording of a hearing that occurred at the Town Municipal Court. We found that no transcripts existed at the time of the Complainant's request and, accordingly, that the failure of the Town to...
08/16/2017
This Department received a request for an advisory opinion by the AIPC and two APRA and OMA complaints filed against the AIPC all of which raised the same threshold questions: whether the AIPC was a "public body" under the OMA or the APRA. With respect to the OMA analysis, based on Solas v....
08/16/2017
This Department received a request for an advisory opinion by the AIPC and two APRA and OMA complaints filed against the AIPC all of which raised the same threshold questions: whether the AIPC was a "public body" under the OMA or the APRA. With respect to the OMA analysis, based on Solas v....
08/16/2017
This Department received a request for an advisory opinion by the AIPC and two APRA and OMA complaints filed against the AIPC all of which raised the same threshold questions: whether the AIPC was a "public body" under the OMA or the APRA. With respect to the OMA analysis, based on Solas v....
08/15/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it withheld requested police incident reports regarding a specific juvenile individual. We have consistently held that where an arrest has not taken place, there is a presumption that incident reports are exempt from public disclosure,...
08/02/2017
The Complainant alleged the City of Central Falls ("City") violated the OMA when the notice for its May 15, 2017 meeting was not posted within a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting. The Complainant also alleged the City voted on the acceptance of all Budget Ordinances for...
07/11/2017
The Complainant alleged the Fire District untimely filed some of its official and unofficial minutes on the Secretary of State's website. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or entity of the state who is aggrieved as a result of violations of the provisions of this chapter may file a complaint...
07/12/2017
Complainant alleged that the DOA and the OHHS violated the APRA when they failed to timely respond to or specifically deny her requests/correspondences. After reviewing the voluminous evidence in this matter, we found that the allegations concerned three interrelated but legally distinct...
07/10/2017
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to produce certain documents responsive to his request and failed to explain the denial. This Department has held on numerous occasions that the failure of a public body to produce records that do not exist does not violate the APRA.