State Government Press Releases

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10/18/2017
Complainant alleged that the Committee improperly convened into executive session and failed to post notice for a City Council meeting. We found, consistent with our numerous prior findings, that the Committee's executive session interviews were permissible under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1)....
10/18/2017
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his APRA request. The uncontroverted evidence indicated that the City had timely requested an extension. Similar to Koutsogiane v. Cumberland Fire District, PR 16-40, while the Complainant had received the City's...
10/18/2017
The City violated the APRA when it provided an estimate for search and retrieval that this Department determined was not reasonably calculated and violated the APRA. The City was directed to perform the search and retrieval and provide the responsive (but redacted where appropriate) documents...
10/16/2017
The Complainant alleged the Narragansett Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly denied his request for a specific incident report that did not culminate in an arrest. The APRA request implicated R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(c), which exempts from public disclosure records...
10/13/2017
The Complainant alleged the Cranston Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly denied his request for a specific incident report that did not culminate in an arrest. The APRA request implicated R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(c), which exempts from public disclosure records maintained...
10/12/2017
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it charged prepayment for documents responsive to his APRA request. We found that the City properly charged for matters fairly within the ambit of search and retrieval, as permitted by R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-4(b). We also noted that the City...
10/10/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when, pursuant to the balancing test, it redacted individuals' names on invoices of temporary contracted workers. We found a public interest through the Complainant's personal knowledge and objective facts indicating that disclosure of the...
09/19/2017
The South Kingstown School Committee violated the OMA when the members engaged in a "rolling" or "walking" quorum, which occurs when a majority of the members of a public body attain a quorum through a series of one-on-one conversations or interactions. These discussions concerned not only...
09/19/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it responded to his APRA request with a six hour "estimate of the amount of time it will take to provide an estimate for the final search, retrieval, review and redaction[.]" We found that this response complied with R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-
09/19/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when its response to his request for "total sick days" used by City fire fighters failed to include information relating to injured on duty time. We noted that "it is the requester's responsibility to frame requests with sufficient...