State Government Press Releases

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07/22/2015
Complaint alleged that DOH violated the APRA when it withheld forty four (44) documents from review. After viewing the forty-four (44) documents in camera, this Department concluded that while two (2) of the documents at issue were responsive to one APRA request, the two (2) documents were not...
07/20/2015
The Town of Scituate violated the APRA when it failed to mail its denial letter within ten (10) business days of a request. The evidence suggested that the denial letter was timely prepared, but misfiled, and that the requested document did not exist.
07/16/2015
The Complainant averred that eight (8) meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group on URI-Narragansett Student Rental Issues were not posted on the Secretary of State's website as required by the OMA, but the evidence established that the Complainant had attended two (2) of these meetings and two (2)...
07/16/2015
The Portsmouth Agriculture Advisory Committee ("Committee") violated the OMA when it failed to timely make two (2) open session meeting minutes available to the public. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(1)("The minutes shall be public records and unofficial minutes shall be available, to the public...
06/30/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General has reached a settlement agreement with the Western Coventry Fire District for a violation of the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act (OMA) when the Fire District failed to timely file or post the unofficial minutes...
06/25/2015
The Complainant alleged the Town Council violated the OMA during its December 8, 2014 meeting, when it improperly met with the School Committee Chairperson in executive session. The Complainant also alleged the Town Council met in executive session for the improper purpose of developing interview...
06/25/2015
The Johnston Town Council did not violate the OMA since the evidence established that the Town Council articulated its open call in open session and disclosed any votes taken in open session at the conclusion of the executive session. The evidence also established that the executive session was...
06/24/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General has reached a settlement agreement with the Warwick Retirement Board for a willful or knowing violation of the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act (OMA) when the Board held its March 4, 2015 meeting on less than 48...
06/19/2015
Complainant alleged that she was prevented from taking notes at the Town Council's March 19, 2015 meeting. Specifically, Complainant alleged that the Town Manager "informed [her] that the rest of the meeting was 'off the record' and that [she] could not report on anything that was said." In Pine v.
06/19/2015
This Department found that the Town of Warren did not violated the APRA when it failed to respond to an APRA request within ten (10) business days. The Town had a properly promulgated and posted APRA procedure requiring all requests to be made to the Town Clerk. Since this APRA request was made...