State Government Press Releases

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04/14/2017
The Complainant alleged that the BOC violated the OMA when it failed to notice a second BOC meeting on July 20, 2016 and when it posted an insufficient agenda item for the BOC's meeting on August 9, 2016. The Complainant attended both meetings in question. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or...
03/15/2017
The Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA by improperly sharing her correspondence during executive session. The Complainant was unable to attend the meeting in question for unrelated reasons. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or entity of the state who is aggrieved as...
03/13/2017
The Pawtucket Police Department did not violate the APRA when it denied a request for the residential address of a person involved in a motor-vehicle accident. The information requested was available through non-APRA avenues, and if a public record under the APRA in this circumstance, the...
03/13/2017
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it produced only the face sheet and not the narratives of the requested internal affairs reports. Based on our prior finding in WPRI v. Woonsocket Police Department, PR 12-17, we found that the request for "the last 10 Internal Affairs...
03/13/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to produce certain documents responsive to her request. Specifically, the APRA request sought the last twelve internal affairs reports and, although the City provided twelve internal affairs reports, the Complainant alleged...
03/13/2017
Nine complainants filed a thirty-seven page complaint alleging numerous OMA violations committed by the School District. After reviewing all the evidence submitted, the sole violation we found was that the School District took a vote in executive session to amend the executive session minutes of...
03/13/2017
The Rhode Island Child Advocate sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning whether the Death Review Panel ("DRP") is a "public body" subject to the OMA. Based on Solas v. Emergency Hiring Council, 774 A.2d 820 (R.I. 2001) and Pontarelli v. Rhode Island Board Council on Elementary and Secondary...
02/27/2017
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it withheld the requested last ten internal affairs reports completed by the Town Police Department. Consistent with Direct Action for Rights and Equality v. Gannon (DARE), 713 A.2d 218 (R.I. 1998), citizen-initiated complaints were more...
02/27/2017
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it withheld requested documents and when it failed to indicate the procedures for appealing the denial. The evidence revealed that the Town released the requested documents during the pendency of this matter. We found no evidence of a...
02/27/2017
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it: (1) redacted handwritten notes on released documents; (2) failed to produce a City's employee's calendar; (3) failed to produce certain payroll documents for a particular City employee; and (4) charged an allegedly excessive fee for...