State Government Press Releases

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07/27/2016
The Complainant sought copies of all reports prepared by a search consultant who was hired to evaluate applications and resumes of candidates for the position of the Woonsocket Housing Authority's Executive Director. There were two responsive documents, one that lists the names of applicants and...
07/19/2016
The City of Warwick violated the OMA when it failed to record complete meeting minutes for two vicious dog hearings on May 9, 2012 and October 7, 2015. The documents submitted by the City included the date, the three panel members present and the vote for specific requirements, however, neither...
07/19/2016
The City of Woonsocket violated the APRA when it failed to respond to an aspect of the APRA request seeking a document that it did not maintain. Because the Complainant received the second document she was seeking from the City, it was unnecessary to determine whether the City violated the APRA...
07/14/2016
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it denied her May 5, 2015 APRA request, wherein she sought a copy of a completed investigation report of the Internal Affairs complaint involving a particular officer. The Complainant also contended that the City violated the APRA when it...
07/12/2016
The DEM responded to the Complainant's APRA request in a timely manner. Accordingly, there was no violation.
07/12/2016
The Town of South Kingstown violated the APRA when its response to the Complainant's APRA request did not include the rights of appeal pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7(a). The South Kingstown School Department violated the APRA when its response provided a narrative answer rather than...
06/21/2016
The Complainant alleged that the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation ("RICC") failed to comply with R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3 (e) by failing to respond to a March 24, 2016 APRA request within ten (10) business days. Upon receipt of a records request, a public body is obligated to respond in some...
06/09/2016
The Complainant alleged Warwick City Council violated the OMA when a quorum of its members met at an unannounced meeting and signed a correspondence addressed to members of the Warwick delegation to the Rhode Island General Assembly. Based upon the evidence presented, it appears that a June 15,...
06/06/2016
After an in camera review of two separate "incident reports," this Department concluded that the Police Department did not violate the APRA when it withheld incident report #15-3388-OF of December 11, 2015 per R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(a). This Department did conclude, however, that the...
06/03/2016
The Complainant alleged that the Office failed to comply with R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3 (e) when it extended the time respond to an APRA request without providing "good cause" to extend the time to respond. We found that the Office had "good cause" to extend the time to respond due to several other...