State Government Press Releases

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08/25/2014
Complainant alleged that the Town of Johnston ("Town") violated the Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") when it estimated an unreasonable amount of time searching and retrieving records responsive to his request. Complainant also alleged that the documents received were not responsive. Based...
08/20/2014
The Complainant alleged the Town violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his June 20, 2014 APRA request. The Town Administrator's sworn affidavit submitted in response to the complaint indicated that a response was mailed to the Complainant via first-class mail on June 24, 2014. The...
07/30/2014
The School Committee violated the OMA during its February 11, 2014 executive session meeting when most of the approximately fifty minutes did not involve the seeking or obtaining legal advice on either the interim superintendent or the interpretation of a personnel contract. Even though the...
07/30/2014
The Town violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-7(a). The Town was allowed ten (10) business days to provide a response explaining why this Department should not find the violation knowing, willful, or alternatively,...
07/22/2014
The undisputed facts revealed that the Complainant made an APRA request to the City of Providence (the "City") on March 30, 2014 via email. It was further undisputed that the Complainant received no response until on or about May 22, 2014, after the Complainant called the City on May 20, 2014 to...
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...