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12/29/2014
On September 15, 2014, the Complainant requested data and images extracted from an individual's cell phone during a search warrant. On September 26, 2014, the City denied the APRA request, citing, among other provisions, R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(c), which exempts from public disclosure...
12/29/2014
The Complainant alleged various APRA violations against the Fire District and while many of these allegation were found to be non-meritorious, this Department did find that the Fire District failed to provide the specific reasons for the denial, see R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7(a), and failed to provide...
12/29/2014
The Complainant alleged the RITBA violated the APRA when it improperly withheld records responsive to her August 9, 2013 APRA request. The APRA request sought amendments made to a contract and this request was denied by letter dated August 13, 2013 when RITBA represented that the requested...
12/29/2014
The Complaint alleged that the Fire District committed numerous OMA violations ranging from 2004 to 2013, typically relating to maintaining open session minutes and the failure to articulate and record an open call. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(a); 42-46-4. This Department determined that the Fire...
12/16/2014
The Town denied Complainant's request for the resumes of the top five (5) individuals who applied for the position of Finance Director and the resume of the individual selected for that position, and the resumes of the top five (5) individuals who applied for the position of Director of Public...
12/10/2014
Complainant filed an APRA request seeking "all debts paid and owed due to negotiations with the Portsmouth Police Union to include legal fees, witnesses, actuary costs, etc." The Town responded by providing Complainant with numerical information and/or a narrative response and asserted that...
12/01/2014
Complainant submitted an APRA request to the Superintendent's Office requesting, among other documents, a copy of the Superintendent's evaluation. The Superintendent's Office denied access to the evaluation on the grounds that it was a "working paper," i.e., pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(...
12/01/2014
Complainants submitted APRA requests to the Superintendent's Office for a copy of the Superintendent's evaluation. The Superintendent's Office denied the requests under the personal privacy exemption, i.e., pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(b). Due to the fact that the evaluation...
11/26/2014
The School Committee violated the OMA when a quorum of its members met on two (2) occasions outside the purview of the public to discuss business over which the School Committee has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advisory power." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-2(a). A quorum of the School...
11/21/2014
The Warren Housing Authority violated the OMA by communicating via correspondence concerning public business. The evidence revealed that a letter was written and signed by one of the Housing Authority members. Although it appears no discussions amongst a quorum of the Housing Authority members...