State Government Press Releases

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04/14/2017
The Complainant alleged that various meetings were not posted on the Secretary of State's website, but the Complainant readily acknowledged he had no intention of attending all meetings except for a May 3, 2016 meeting. With respect to the May 3, 2016 meeting, the Complainant read a newspaper...
04/14/2017
The Board of Canvassers violated the APRA when it failed to respond to an APRA request within ten (10) business days. This Department rejected the Board of Canvassers chief argument that the APRA request sought answers to questions or interrogatories, and therefore, fell outside the APRA. The...
04/14/2017
The Complainant alleged that the BOC violated the OMA when it discussed and voted on a matter that was not specifically listed on the meeting's agenda. Specifically, we examined whether the BOC's denial of a motion for issuance of a subpoena was adequately noticed by the meeting's agenda item "...
04/14/2017
Complainants alleged numerous OMA violations. With respect to the sufficiency of an agenda item for the School Committee's meeting, Complainants attended the meeting in question and had the opportunity to voice their concerns on this issue and, accordingly, we found that Complainants were not...
04/14/2017
The City of East Providence denied the Complainant's APRA request basing its denial on its conclusion that "the documents you requested were from a meeting of individuals which does not constitute an agency or public body as defined by R.I.G.L. 38-2-2." This denial has absolutely no basis in law...
04/14/2017
The Complainant alleged that the BOC violated the OMA when it failed to notice a second BOC meeting on July 20, 2016 and when it posted an insufficient agenda item for the BOC's meeting on August 9, 2016. The Complainant attended both meetings in question. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or...
03/15/2017
The Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA by improperly sharing her correspondence during executive session. The Complainant was unable to attend the meeting in question for unrelated reasons. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or entity of the state who is aggrieved as...
03/13/2017
The Pawtucket Police Department did not violate the APRA when it denied a request for the residential address of a person involved in a motor-vehicle accident. The information requested was available through non-APRA avenues, and if a public record under the APRA in this circumstance, the...
03/13/2017
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it produced only the face sheet and not the narratives of the requested internal affairs reports. Based on our prior finding in WPRI v. Woonsocket Police Department, PR 12-17, we found that the request for "the last 10 Internal Affairs...
03/13/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to produce certain documents responsive to her request. Specifically, the APRA request sought the last twelve internal affairs reports and, although the City provided twelve internal affairs reports, the Complainant alleged...