State Government Press Releases

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03/16/2015
Insufficient evidence was presented that the complainant was aggrieved by the allegedly deficient public notice. Accordingly, pursuant to Graziano v. Rhode Island Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002), the complainant lacked standing to bring this complaint.
03/16/2015
Complainant filed three (3) APRA complaints against the Rhode Island Department of Education ("RIDE") regarding various documents pertaining to the West Bay Collaborative ("WBC"). As such, we consolidated all three complaints into a single finding. Although all three complaints raised several...
03/16/2015
Complainant submitted an APRA request for copies of employment applications and the name and contact information for the doctors' medical insurance carriers. The Department of Corrections ("DOC") denied Complainant's request on the basis that disclosure would constitute a "clearly unwarranted...
03/16/2015
The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Division of Lotteries ("Division") violated the APRA when it improperly denied a September 17, 2014 APRA request. The Division sent an email indicating that the estimated time to produce the requested documents would be approximately 140 hours for an...
03/16/2015
The Complainant alleged the Western Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") violated the OMA when it failed to timely post its meeting minutes on the Secretary of State's website for eleven (11) of its meetings. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(2). On June 11, 2014, this Department issued Novak...
02/23/2015
The Complainant alleged that the Westerly Police Department ("Police Department") violated the APRA when it improperly denied her APRA request seeking "a copy of [her] police background check * * * including the detective notes." This Department was provided with copies of records the Police...
02/23/2015
The Fire Department violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to Complainant's APRA request. Specifically, the undisputed evidence showed that on February 24, 2014, Complainant filed an APRA request with the Fire Department and on March 10, 2014, the Fire Department extended the time to...
02/23/2015
The Complainant alleged the City of Providence ("City") violated the APRA when it did not provide her any records responsive to her June 21, 2014 APRA request. There was simply no evidence to demonstrate that the City's search for the requested records was unreasonable or that the City maintained...
02/23/2015
The Department of Public Safety requested an advisory opinion concerning whether its computer aided dispatch system report was a public record. Because of the various different types of information contained within the report, this Department advised that whether any particular entry is or is...
02/16/2015
The Town of North Smithfield ("Town") did not violate the APRA when it denied the Complainant's APRA request seeking the names and email addresses of individuals who receive the Town's newsletter. We concluded, based upon the evidence presented, that disclosure of the names and email addresses of...