State Government Press Releases

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05/30/2014
The School Committee did not violate the OMA when it refused to allow the Complainant to attend an executive session. The option to extend an invitation to an individual to attend an executive session is held by the public body, and not the individual seeking to attend the executive session. See...
05/30/2014
The Department of Public Safety did not violate the APRA when it did not disclose law enforcement records that identified a particular person, did not lead to criminal charges and where no allegation had been made concerning the propriety of the DPS investigation, because such disclosure "could...
05/30/2014
The Woonsocket School Committee did not violate the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") because it created and maintained minutes for its November 13, 2013 executive session consistent with the requirements set forth per R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(a).
05/02/2014
The Tiverton Tax Assessment Board of Review ("Board") did not violate the OMA prior to the start of its January 13, 2014 meeting as there was no evidence that a quorum of the Board collectively discussed public business outside the purview of the public.
05/02/2014
The complaint alleged that the Warwick Minimum Housing Review Board violated the OMA when they did not allow the Complainant to videotape the January 6, 2014 meeting. In this Department's finding of Pagliarini v. Kent County Water Authority, OM 06-24, we recognized that the United States District...
04/17/2014
On February 10, 2014, the Complainant requested the voice recording of a January 23, 2014 vicious dog hearing. Based upon the evidence presented, the Complainant received this voice recording on February 19, 2014. As such, the Town did not violate the APRA. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(e). The...
04/17/2014
The Complainant alleged that the Foster Town Council ("Town Council") violated the OMA when the agenda item for the November 21, 2013 meeting did not specify the nature of the business to be discussed. Since the Complainant attended the November 21, 2013 meeting and did not demonstrate that she...
04/17/2014
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulations ("DBR") violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to Complainant's APRA request dated July 10, 2013. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. This Department did find, however, that DBR did not waive its right to assert reasons for withholding...
04/17/2014
The Portsmouth Town Council violated the OMA when its agenda item for its October 29, 2013 meeting failed to inform the public of the nature of the business to be discussed. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). The agenda item in question stated "Request Additional Funding for the Mothballing of the...
04/17/2014
Mr. McQuade submitted an APRA request to the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety ("DPS") requesting documents, broken down into nineteen (19) different categories, relating to the Rhode Island State Fusion Center and related programs and activities of the Rhode Island State Police and its...