State Government Press Releases

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03/26/2014
The Exeter Town Council did not violate the OMA when a quorum of its members convened for an unnoticed meeting because the evidence established that the Exeter Democratic Town Committee convened for a meeting and not the Exeter Town Council. The OMA expressly provides that "political part[ies,]...
03/26/2014
The Fire District violated the OMA when its 2013 annual notice did not include information required under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(a). The Fire District did not violate the OMA when its agenda topics for the September 16 and 19, 2013 meetings adequately informed the public of the nature of the...
11/27/2013
The Complainant alleged several Open Meetings Act ("OMA") and APRA ("Access to Public Records Act") violations against the East Bay Energy Consortium ("EBEC"). While this Department found no OMA violations, this Department did find that the EBEC violated the APRA when it failed to post its APRA...
11/27/2013
The Smithfield School Committee violated the APRA when its denial failed to provide "the specific reasons for the denial." R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7(a). This Department has previously held that "a statement that the information sought 'is not public information' is not sufficient to comply with...
10/17/2013
In Law Offices of Michael Kelly v. City of Woonsocket, PR 13-13, this Department found that the City of Woonsocket ("City") violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request dated December 21, 2012. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. The City further violated the...
09/26/2013
The School Committee violated the OMA during its August 6, 2013 open meeting because the front door to the building was locked. The School Committee acknowledges that the Administration Building is locked for safety reasons but access is obtained through a buzzer system. The Complainant alleges...
09/11/2013
The OMA requires that all public bodies "shall give supplemental written public notice of any meeting within a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours before the date" of the meeting. R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission violated the OMA when it posted notice on the...
09/03/2013
There was insufficient evidence to establish that the Woonsocket Budget Commission ("Budget Commission") held a meeting with members of the Woonsocket School Committee to discuss the Complainant's job performance under Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-5(a)(1). Further, Complainant alleges that...
09/03/2013
There was insufficient evidence to establish that the Superintendent's Office failed to respond to Complainant's APRA request dated November 19, 2012. With respect to Complainant's APRA request dated December 1, 2012, this Department found that the Superintendent's Office violated the APRA when...
08/27/2013
The City of Providence did not violate the APRA when it responded to a request for records on the tenth business day. The complaint was filed prematurely, before the expiration of the ten (10) business days, and failed to consider that Memorial Day was a non-business day.