State Government Press Releases

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09/05/2017
Complainant alleged that the Commission violated the OMA during its March 21, 2017 meeting when it discussed a topic not included on the agenda. Based on the corroborated affidavit and meeting minutes, we found that the Commission Chairman passed out copies of a letter concerning an item not...
09/05/2017
The Rhode Island Northern Collaborative is not a "public body" within the "executive branch of state government [or] all state public and quasi-public boards, agencies and corporations, [or] those public bodies set forth in subdivision (b)(2)." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(d). Accordingly, the failure...
09/05/2017
The Complainant alleged the East Providence Board of Assessment Review's agenda for its December 6, 2016 meeting did not indicate the date, time and location of the meeting nor was it specific enough to inform the public of the nature of the business to be discussed. In response to this Department'
09/05/2017
The Complainant alleged that the DOT violated the APRA when it claimed it did not maintain certain records responsive to two requested categories and when it withheld a requested document responsive to a third requested category pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(K) as a "draft." With respect...
09/05/2017
The Complainant alleged that the CRMC violated the APRA when it failed to adequately respond to requests for documents. We found that the Complainant's email to the CRMC's Executive Director was not a valid APRA request because it failed to comply with the CRMC's APRA procedures, contained a...
09/05/2017
The Town of North Kingstown violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. The Town provided no argument or evidence that the Complainant's APRA request did not comply with its APRA procedures. Rather, the Town places blame on...
08/25/2017
Complainant alleged that the NSMBRTF failed to post agendas for two meetings. Because Complainant provided no indication that the failure to post agendas specifically prevented him from attending the meetings, and, instead, suggested that he would not have been able to attend the meetings...
08/18/2017
The Complainant alleged that the EFSB violated the OMA when it denied him entry to a pre-hearing conference. The uncontroverted evidence demonstrated that the pre-hearing conference was only attended by three private attorneys and an attorney for the PUC. Because none of the EFSB members was...
08/18/2017
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it denied his request for transcripts and/or a recording of a hearing that occurred at the Town Municipal Court. We found that no transcripts existed at the time of the Complainant's request and, accordingly, that the failure of the Town to...
08/16/2017
This Department received a request for an advisory opinion by the AIPC and two APRA and OMA complaints filed against the AIPC all of which raised the same threshold questions: whether the AIPC was a "public body" under the OMA or the APRA. With respect to the OMA analysis, based on Solas v....