State Government Press Releases

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06/12/2015
Access/Rhode Island hired a third-party named MuckRock from Boston, Massachusetts to conduct an Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") survey regarding various state and local government APRA compliance within Rhode Island. After considering the facts and applicable case law, this Department...
06/05/2015
Rhode Island Office of Attorney General Advisory Opinion to the Town of...
06/03/2015
The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Department of Transportation ("RIDOT") violated the APRA when it denied her APRA request seeking documents regarding the "Draft Feasibility Study for Phase 4 Canonchet Farm Bike Path." The RIDOT denied the request pursuant to R.I. Gen Laws 38-2-2(4)(K)...
05/21/2015
The Lonsdale Fire District violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to an APRA request and failed to identify the specific reasons for the denial. The Fire District was directed to respond to the APRA requests in a manner consistent with the APRA and this Department's finding, and was...
05/18/2015
Complainants sought access to a Pawtucket Police Department internal affairs report. The City denied the request on the grounds that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. After reviewing the internal affairs report in camera, using case law for guidance,...
05/18/2015
The Western Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") violated the OMA when it untimely posted on the Secretary of State's website approved minutes of seven (7) of its meetings. The Fire District also violated the OMA when the evidence revealed that it failed to post official and/or approved...
05/18/2015
This Department initiated an APRA investigation against the Fire District for failure to timely comply with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-3.16. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8(d). The evidence showed that despite repeated notice from this Department and despite the District's assurances that the...
05/18/2015
The Department of Environmental Management ("DEM") did not violate the APRA when it withheld from disclosure a document prepared within a client/attorney relationship, and therefore, not deemed public pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(a). Based upon case law from the Rhode Island and...
05/18/2015
The West Warwick Board of Canvassers ("Board") violated the OMA during its October 27, 2014 meeting when it discussed an item not listed on the agenda. More specifically, the Board discussed and voted on procedures regarding poll worker contact, yet that item was not listed on the agenda. During...
05/12/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General filed a lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court citing the Warwick Retirement Board for a willful or knowing violation of the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act (OMA) when the Board held a meeting on less than 48...