State Government Press Releases

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05/12/2017
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it improperly withheld records responsive to her APRA request. The Complainant's APRA request sought administrative and court pleadings and all settlement agreements from January 1, 2010 in which a particular person was the attorney of record.
05/12/2017
The Complainant alleged that the DOC violated the APRA when it did not provide him access to documents responsive to his request for records on the escape of John Gary Robichaud from the ACI. This escape occurred in the early 1970s. Based on our review of the produced documents and the evidence...
05/12/2017
The denial of internal affairs reports relating to a particular incident did not violate the APRA. The Complainant provided no public interest and the privacy interests of the affected individuals outweighed this non-asserted interest.
05/12/2017
The City of Providence violated the APRA when its extension provided nearly verbatim the language set forth in R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(e) and was not "particularized to the specific request made." The Complainant took no issue with the fact that the City had "good cause" to assert an extension. ...
05/12/2017
The Complainant alleged a violation based on the failure to timely respond within ten (10) business days, however, after review, this allegation was determined to be unfounded and a timely response was provided. Moreover, the Complainant alleged that other aspects of the public body's response...
04/28/2017
The Rhode Island Department of Education ("RIDE") did not violate the APRA since the evidence established that RIDE did not receive the Complainant's APRA request. While it was unclear why RIDE did not receive the Complainant's APRA request, the Complainant did not provide any rebuttal to...
04/28/2017
The Central Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") violated the OMA when it untimely filed three (3) of its meetings minutes on the Secretary of State's website. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(2). With respect to the Complainant's allegation that the minutes for two (2) of its meetings did...
04/28/2017
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it withheld unfiled deposition transcripts. The City claimed it purchased the transcripts from a third party court reporter and, as such, considered them to be 'trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person,...
04/28/2017
The City did not violate the APRA when it exempted from public disclosure a videotape played at a public meeting depicting an assault on a private individual. The Complainant presented no evidence or argument that the public interest would be advanced through disclosure and R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)
04/28/2017
The Town Council did not violate the OMA as there was no evidence that a quorum of its members discussed outside the public purview (on June 7, 2016) the disclosure of a press release and/or a Resolution. Rather, the undisputed evidence revealed that the Town Clerk/Town Manager authorized the...