State Government Press Releases

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10/17/2014
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority ("RITBA") violated the OMA when it failed to timely post its minutes for the July 9, 2014 meeting on the Secretary of State's website in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(d). This Department shall allow the RITBA ten (10) business days to respond...
10/03/2014
The Complainant alleged that the Westerly School Redesign Advisory Committee ("Committee") violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") when it denied him access to the August 7, 2014 meeting because the entry doors. Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-14 states, "[i]n all actions brought under this...
09/23/2014
The Nasonville Fire Department/District ("Department/District") violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to Complainant's APRA request dated January 15, 2014. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. The Department/District was allowed ten (10) business days to provide a response explaining why...
09/23/2014
The Charlestown Planning Commission ("Commission") violated the OMA during its May 7, 2014 meeting when it took a secret "preliminary" paper vote. The Commission also violated the OMA when the minutes failed to include a record by individual members of any votes taken regarding this "preliminary"...
08/27/2014
Complainant alleged that the Department of Public Safety ("DPS") violated the Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") when it: 1) denied a February 21, 2014 APRA request seeking a Bureau of Criminal Identification ("BCI") record for a particular individual; 2) that the DPS violated R.I. Gen. Laws ...
08/27/2014
Complainant alleged numerous Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") violations against the Department of Public Safety ("DPS"). Based on the evidence presented, this Department found that: 1) Since Complainant granted DPS's telephonic request for an extension, he is estopped from complaining that...
08/25/2014
Complainant alleged that the Town of Johnston ("Town") violated the Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") when it estimated an unreasonable amount of time searching and retrieving records responsive to his request. Complainant also alleged that the documents received were not responsive. Based...
08/20/2014
The Complainant alleged the Town violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his June 20, 2014 APRA request. The Town Administrator's sworn affidavit submitted in response to the complaint indicated that a response was mailed to the Complainant via first-class mail on June 24, 2014. The...
07/30/2014
The School Committee violated the OMA during its February 11, 2014 executive session meeting when most of the approximately fifty minutes did not involve the seeking or obtaining legal advice on either the interim superintendent or the interpretation of a personnel contract. Even though the...
07/30/2014
The Town violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7(a). The Town was allowed ten (10) business days to provide a response explaining why this Department should not find the violation knowing, willful, or alternatively,...