State Government Press Releases

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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...
02/11/2015
On the heels of announcing three open government settlements in the past two weeks, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office had reached settlements with the Albion Fire District for violations of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the City of Woonsocket for a violation of...
02/11/2015
The complainant alleged the Warwick Board of Canvassers ("Board") violated the APRA when he made an oral request for a site map and the Board required him to complete a form. The APRA provides that "[e]ach public body shall establish written procedures regarding access to public records but shall...
02/06/2015
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to provide a sufficient explanation for extending the time to respond to his APRA request, as required by R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(e). Complainant's request sought any documents maintained by the Town "in any way relating to the...
02/06/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General has entered into separate agreements with the Nasonville Fire District and the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) to settle claims each had violated the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) for failing to...
01/30/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General and Town of Warren entered into a joint settlement agreement in which the Town agreed to pay a $1,500 fine for violating the state's Access to Public Records Act (APRA). The Office of Attorney General filed...
01/29/2015
The Complainant alleged that the Harrisville Fire District ("Fire District") violated the OMA when its Fire Subcommittee held a meeting in March 2014 without notice to the public. In order for the OMA to apply, a "quorum" of a "public body" must convene for a "meeting" as these terms are defined...