State Government Press Releases

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12/01/2014
Complainant submitted an APRA request to the Superintendent's Office requesting, among other documents, a copy of the Superintendent's evaluation. The Superintendent's Office denied access to the evaluation on the grounds that it was a "working paper," i.e., pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(...
12/01/2014
Complainants submitted APRA requests to the Superintendent's Office for a copy of the Superintendent's evaluation. The Superintendent's Office denied the requests under the personal privacy exemption, i.e., pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(b). Due to the fact that the evaluation...
11/26/2014
The School Committee violated the OMA when a quorum of its members met on two (2) occasions outside the purview of the public to discuss business over which the School Committee has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advisory power." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-2(a). A quorum of the School...
11/21/2014
The Warren Housing Authority violated the OMA by communicating via correspondence concerning public business. The evidence revealed that a letter was written and signed by one of the Housing Authority members. Although it appears no discussions amongst a quorum of the Housing Authority members...
11/19/2014
The Complainant alleged the Town Council convened into executive session under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(2) for "litigation," but since all the parties to the litigation were present, the Complainant alleged the meeting should have occurred in open session. This Department concluded that the...
11/18/2014
The Manville Fire District violated the OMA when ten (10) of its meeting minutes were either not filed on the Secretary of State's website or were untimely filed. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(2). The Fire District also violated the OMA because its 2014 annual notice is not posted on the...
11/12/2014
Based upon the present facts, the Office cannot conclude that the Newport Public Library is a public body as that term is defined in the APRA. The Library is not a public or private agency, person, partnership, corporation or business entity acting on behalf of and/or in place of any public agency,
11/12/2014
Mr. Clark raises numerous allegations that the Fire District violated the APRA by not providing him access to his personnel file and by not properly responding to his requests. This Department found no violations and determined that Mr. Clark's request and complaint was more properly focused on...
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.