State Government Press Releases

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11/12/2014
Mr. Clark raised numerous allegations that the Fire District violated the OMA and the APRA. This Department determined that the Fire District violated the APRA by not providing the specific reason for a denial and by not advising Mr. Clark of his appellate remedies. The Fire District also...
11/12/2014
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority ("RITBA") violated the APRA when it failed to fully respond to the Complainant's APRA request dated March 11, 2014. The fact that RITBA timely responded to the APRA request with some of the documents shows that RITBA was aware of the APRA requirements.
11/12/2014
The Portsmouth Police Department did not violate the APRA when it withheld from disclosure incident reports that did not lead to an arrest. This Department found that the privacy interests outweighed any interest the public may have in disclosure of such a report because when the police determine...
11/12/2014
Complainant, on behalf of his client, sought access to records pertaining to the "investigation of complaint made by Deborah Pisaturo against Kent County Memorial Hospital." Based on the totality of the circumstances, and based on our understanding that no final action had been taken on the matter,
10/17/2014
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority ("RITBA") violated the OMA when it failed to timely post its minutes for the July 9, 2014 meeting on the Secretary of State's website in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(d). This Department shall allow the RITBA ten (10) business days to respond...
10/03/2014
The Complainant alleged that the Westerly School Redesign Advisory Committee ("Committee") violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") when it denied him access to the August 7, 2014 meeting because the entry doors. Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-14 states, "[i]n all actions brought under this...
09/23/2014
The Nasonville Fire Department/District ("Department/District") violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to Complainant's APRA request dated January 15, 2014. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. The Department/District was allowed ten (10) business days to provide a response explaining why...
09/23/2014
The Charlestown Planning Commission ("Commission") violated the OMA during its May 7, 2014 meeting when it took a secret "preliminary" paper vote. The Commission also violated the OMA when the minutes failed to include a record by individual members of any votes taken regarding this "preliminary"...
08/27/2014
Complainant alleged that the Department of Public Safety ("DPS") violated the Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") when it: 1) denied a February 21, 2014 APRA request seeking a Bureau of Criminal Identification ("BCI") record for a particular individual; 2) that the DPS violated R.I. Gen. Laws ...
08/27/2014
Complainant alleged numerous Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") violations against the Department of Public Safety ("DPS"). Based on the evidence presented, this Department found that: 1) Since Complainant granted DPS's telephonic request for an extension, he is estopped from complaining that...