State Government Press Releases

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10/16/2017
The Complainant alleged the Narragansett Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly denied his request for a specific incident report that did not culminate in an arrest. The APRA request implicated R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(c), which exempts from public disclosure records...
10/13/2017
The Complainant alleged the Cranston Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly denied his request for a specific incident report that did not culminate in an arrest. The APRA request implicated R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(c), which exempts from public disclosure records maintained...
10/12/2017
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it charged prepayment for documents responsive to his APRA request. We found that the City properly charged for matters fairly within the ambit of search and retrieval, as permitted by R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-4(b). We also noted that the City...
10/10/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when, pursuant to the balancing test, it redacted individuals' names on invoices of temporary contracted workers. We found a public interest through the Complainant's personal knowledge and objective facts indicating that disclosure of the...
09/19/2017
The South Kingstown School Committee violated the OMA when the members engaged in a "rolling" or "walking" quorum, which occurs when a majority of the members of a public body attain a quorum through a series of one-on-one conversations or interactions. These discussions concerned not only...
09/19/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it responded to his APRA request with a six hour "estimate of the amount of time it will take to provide an estimate for the final search, retrieval, review and redaction[.]" We found that this response complied with R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-
09/19/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when its response to his request for "total sick days" used by City fire fighters failed to include information relating to injured on duty time. We noted that "it is the requester's responsibility to frame requests with sufficient...
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'