State Government Press Releases

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12/27/2016
The Complainant alleged that various meetings were convened without public notice by the Public Safety Complex Committee on unknown dates. No evidence was produced that the Complainant was aggrieved by these allegations or did not attend any meetings due to the lack of posting. In accordance...
12/27/2016
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to his APRA request and when it withheld a requested document pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(K) as a "working paper" and/or "work product." We found that the City timely responded to the APRA request...
12/22/2016
ADV OM 16-03 Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department Legal counsel for the Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department ("PIVFD") sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning whether the PIVFD is a "public body" subject to the OMA. Based on Solas v. Emergency Hiring Council,...
12/12/2016
Complainant alleged that the RISCS violated the APRA when it failed to produce documents responsive to two separate APRA requests and when it failed to timely respond to his appeal of the denial of his second APRA request. The evidence indicated that the RISCS had released the requested documents...
12/12/2016
The Providence Journal, alleged the Police Department violated the APRA when it denied its APRA request, which sought "a copy of the police report from Feb. 11 on the murder-suicide of [Mr. and Mrs. Doe] and Feb. 4 report made by [Ms. Doe] alleging threats by [Mr. Doe]." In National Archives and...
12/12/2016
The Complainant sought the "narratives for the last 10 death cases the PPD [Pawtucket Police Department] classified as 'suicide.'" It is beyond debate that the deceased individuals identified in the ten (10) requested reports have no privacy interest as "the right to privacy dies with the person."
12/12/2016
Complainant alleged that the WGFD violated the APRA when it failed to produce documents responsive to his request. This Department has long held that "in order for this Department to have jurisdiction to inquire into an APRA matter, the complainant must first have requested a record from a public...
12/12/2016
Complainant alleged that the WGFD violated the OMA and the APRA when it: (1) untimely posted its annual notice after its first meeting; (2) untimely posted notice of its annual meeting; (3) failed to include the open call requirements set forth in R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-4(a) in its open session...
12/05/2016
Based upon the evidence presented, the subject document responsive to Save the Bay's APRA request was generated by the Chief of DEM's Office of Compliance and Inspection, in consultation with DEM attorneys (and on occasion with attorneys from the Department of Attorney General) to evaluate and...
11/25/2016
This Department determined that the RISILC and its leadership subcommittee is a public body for purposes of the OMA and this finding, and that the RISILC violated the OMA by failing to post minutes to the Secretary of State's website for the May 20, 2015, June 24, 2015, June 25, 2015, July 8, 2015,