State Government Press Releases

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07/22/2014
The General Treasurer's Office did not violate the APRA when it redacted certain financial and commercial information from Cliffwater, LLC Due Diligence Reports. The Due Diligence Reports were created prior to the State of Rhode Island's investment in the respective hedge funds, and therefore,...
07/22/2014
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it denied Complainant's March 26, 2014 APRA request. The evidence showed that the March 26, 2014 APRA request was never filed with the Town. While Complainant did file a March 25, 2014 request, no complaint relating to that APRA request,...
07/22/2014
Complainant alleged that the Police Department violated the APRA when it inappropriately redacted information contained in an incident report that involved Complainant, but did not result in an arrest. The evidence showed that the Police Department redacted individually identifiable information...
06/27/2014
Since both complaints were submitted against the Central Coventry Fire District Board of Directors ("Board"), ("CCFD"), or ("Fire District"), and since both complaints contained similar allegations, this Department addressed both complaints in a single finding. Our investigation began by...
06/13/2014
The Rhode Island State Properties Committee ("Committee") violated the OMA when it failed to file its minutes for the August 13, 2013, September 26, 2013, October 8, 2013, November 5, 2013 and November 19, 2013 meetings on the Secretary of State's website in a timely manner. The Committee shall...
06/12/2014
The Complainant alleged that members of the Woonsocket Budget Commission ("WBC") violated the OMA when the members voted to terminate the services of the Finance Director Tom Bruce through email communications, and 2) when the Commission failed to post proper notice on the Secretary of State...
06/12/2014
The Warwick Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly charged the Complainant for her APRA request. Additionally, the Police Department violated the APRA when it did not provide the Complainant with a detailed itemization of the costs involved, despite her request. The Police...
06/12/2014
The Fire District violated the OMA by failing to timely post its minutes on the secretary of state's website for seven (7) meetings. Rhode Island General Laws § 42-46-7(b)(2) states that "all volunteer fire companies, associations, fire district companies, or any other organization currently...
06/05/2014
The narrow issue presented to this Department can be defined as whether the City's video conferencing accommodation complies with R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-13. Rhode Island General Laws § 42-46-13(c) recognizes that the OMA "does not require the public body to make each of its existing facilities...
05/30/2014
The Frameworks Subcommittee did not violate the OMA when it met for a presentation because there was no evidence that any collective discussions of the members of the Frameworks Subcommittee occurred. Rather, it appears a presentation was made, and members of the Frameworks Subcommittee asked...