State Government Press Releases

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02/03/2016
The Scituate Town Council did not violate the OMA when it discussed matters appropriate for closed session under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(2) "[s]essions pertaining to collective bargaining or litigation, or work sessions pertaining to collective bargaining or litigation." Complainant further...
02/01/2016
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it denied him access to requested documents. Based on all the evidence presented, we found that the privacy interests implicated by disclosure clearly outweighed the public interest and, therefore, disclosure would "constitute a clearly...
01/08/2016
The Complainant alleged that the WGFD failed to specify the reasons for its denial, failed to indicate whether responsive documents did not exist, and that the requested documents maintained in a third party's personnel file should be deemed public records. Although the Fire District's denial...
01/08/2016
In Fitzgerald v. Warwick Police Department, PR 14-13, we concluded that the Police Department violated the APRA when it assessed a "flat fee" of $5.00 per report in response to an APRA request seeking reports and records pertaining to two (2) individuals. The sole issue to be addressed in this...
01/05/2016
The Complainant alleged the Little Compton School Department and/or the School Committee violated the APRA when it improperly denied his APRA request and when the denial did not indicate the procedures for appeal. The Complainant made an APRA request to the School Department seeking the 'written...
01/05/2016
Complainant alleged that sometime between June 3 and October 14, 2014, four members of the North Kingstown School Committee discussed the topic of leasing office space outside the public purview. After reviewing all the evidence presented, we found no violation. Specifically, the evidence...
12/09/2015
The School Committee violated the OMA during its November 18, 2014 meeting when it memorialized its open call in the executive session meeting minutes, rather than the open session minutes. The School Committee violated the OMA when it recorded the vote of each member on the question of holding a...
12/09/2015
In Howard v. Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, PR 14-25, we concluded that the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority ("RITBA") violated the APRA when it failed to comply with the Complainant's APRA request within ten (10) business days. The sole issue addressed in this supplemental...
12/09/2015
The City of Woonsocket ("City") sought this Department's advice concerning whether certain financial data contained in a proposal submitted by a contractor in response to an RFP was not a public record. It is this Department's practice/policy to issue Advisory Opinions only on pending matters. ...
11/12/2015
The Complainant alleged the Johnston Police Department ("Police Department") violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his April 22, 2015 APRA request. The APRA states that each public body shall establish written procedures regarding access to public records. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(d).