State Government Press Releases

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05/30/2014
The Frameworks Subcommittee did not violate the OMA when it met for a presentation because there was no evidence that any collective discussions of the members of the Frameworks Subcommittee occurred. Rather, it appears a presentation was made, and members of the Frameworks Subcommittee asked...
05/30/2014
The PEDP did not violate the APRA as there was no evidence that the PEDP physically maintained additional documents responsive to the Complainant's request. The PEDP's extension of time to contact its former legal counsel to determine whether any responsive records were maintained demonstrated "...
05/30/2014
On March 6, 2013, this Department issued its finding in CCF, LLC v. Department of Transportation, PR 13-04. CCF, LLC wherein this Department concluded that the Department of Transportation ("DOT") did not violate the APRA because there was no evidence presented or discovered to support the...
05/30/2014
The Coventry School Committee violated the OMA when it failed to timely provide minutes and a record of all votes taken pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b). This Department found injunctive relief to be inappropriate since, based on the evidence presented, the untimely availability of the...
05/30/2014
The School Committee did not violate the OMA when it refused to allow the Complainant to attend an executive session. The option to extend an invitation to an individual to attend an executive session is held by the public body, and not the individual seeking to attend the executive session. See...
05/30/2014
The Department of Public Safety did not violate the APRA when it did not disclose law enforcement records that identified a particular person, did not lead to criminal charges and where no allegation had been made concerning the propriety of the DPS investigation, because such disclosure "could...
05/30/2014
The Woonsocket School Committee did not violate the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") because it created and maintained minutes for its November 13, 2013 executive session consistent with the requirements set forth per R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(a).
05/02/2014
The Tiverton Tax Assessment Board of Review ("Board") did not violate the OMA prior to the start of its January 13, 2014 meeting as there was no evidence that a quorum of the Board collectively discussed public business outside the purview of the public.
05/02/2014
The complaint alleged that the Warwick Minimum Housing Review Board violated the OMA when they did not allow the Complainant to videotape the January 6, 2014 meeting. In this Department's finding of Pagliarini v. Kent County Water Authority, OM 06-24, we recognized that the United States District...
04/17/2014
On February 10, 2014, the Complainant requested the voice recording of a January 23, 2014 vicious dog hearing. Based upon the evidence presented, the Complainant received this voice recording on February 19, 2014. As such, the Town did not violate the APRA. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(e). The...