State Government Press Releases

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04/04/2016
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 body, and second, the complainant must have been denied access to the requested record." Schmidt v. Ashaway...
04/04/2016
The Complainant alleged the AIPC violated the OMA with respect to improper notice for its February 24, 2015 and March 28, 2015 meetings. There was no question that the Complainant attended both meetings and the OMA provides that only "aggrieved" citizens may file a complaint regarding an alleged...
04/04/2016
The RISE/Mayoral Academy ("Academy") violated the APRA when it failed to respond to the Complainant's APRA request. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-7. This Department assumed, without deciding, that the Academy is subject to the APRA and nothing within the finding bars the Academy from raising this...
03/24/2016
The Complainant alleged the SMRAC violated the APRA when it failed to respond to its APRA request dated May 15, 2015. During the pendency of this matter, the SMRAC filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus in the Rhode Island Superior Court against the Town. The Town answered the Petition and...
03/24/2016
The Complainants alleged the School Committee convened into executive session pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) to discuss potential litigation, yet the School Committee also discussed "the extra paycheck for 2013-14." Based upon the evidence presented, it did not appear that the School...
03/22/2016
The Complainant alleged the City Council violated the OMA during one of its meetings when a quorum of the members met just prior to the start of the meeting to discuss a matter over which the City Council had supervision, control, jurisdiction or advisory power. R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-2(a). ...
03/17/2016
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to include all documents responsive to her APRA request dated March 30, 2015. The APRA states that, unless exempt, all records maintained by any public body shall be public records and every person shall have the right to...
03/10/2016
The Governor's Office violated the APRA when it provided the Complainant with one avenue for appeal, but omitted the other options for appeal. R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8(a). The Governor's Office did not violate the APRA when it failed to provide the Complainant the basis for its waiver denial. ...
03/02/2016
All APRA requests sought two oral reports ("Reports"), which were presented to the School Committee in executive session and concerned the School Committee's review of the handling of accusations of inappropriate conduct. The APRA exempts from public disclosure "[a]ll investigatory records of...
02/23/2016
Complainant alleged that the Committee violated the OMA when the agenda for the Committee's January 6, 2016, meeting failed to adequately state the nature of the business to be discussed, in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-6(b). At the January 6, 2016 meeting, the Committee discussed and...