State Government Press Releases

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06/12/2014
The Complainant alleged that members of the Woonsocket Budget Commission ("WBC") violated the OMA when the members voted to terminate the services of the Finance Director Tom Bruce through email communications, and 2) when the Commission failed to post proper notice on the Secretary of State...
06/12/2014
The Warwick Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly charged the Complainant for her APRA request. Additionally, the Police Department violated the APRA when it did not provide the Complainant with a detailed itemization of the costs involved, despite her request. The Police...
06/12/2014
The Fire District violated the OMA by failing to timely post its minutes on the secretary of state's website for seven (7) meetings. Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-7(b)(2) states that "all volunteer fire companies, associations, fire district companies, or any other organization currently...
06/05/2014
The narrow issue presented to this Department can be defined as whether the City's video conferencing accommodation complies with R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-13. Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-13(c) recognizes that the OMA "does not require the public body to make each of its existing facilities...
05/30/2014
The Frameworks Subcommittee did not violate the OMA when it met for a presentation because there was no evidence that any collective discussions of the members of the Frameworks Subcommittee occurred. Rather, it appears a presentation was made, and members of the Frameworks Subcommittee asked...
05/30/2014
The PEDP did not violate the APRA as there was no evidence that the PEDP physically maintained additional documents responsive to the Complainant's request. The PEDP's extension of time to contact its former legal counsel to determine whether any responsive records were maintained demonstrated "...
05/30/2014
On March 6, 2013, this Department issued its finding in CCF, LLC v. Department of Transportation, PR 13-04. CCF, LLC wherein this Department concluded that the Department of Transportation ("DOT") did not violate the APRA because there was no evidence presented or discovered to support the...
05/30/2014
The Coventry School Committee violated the OMA when it failed to timely provide minutes and a record of all votes taken pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b). This Department found injunctive relief to be inappropriate since, based on the evidence presented, the untimely availability of the...
05/30/2014
The School Committee did not violate the OMA when it refused to allow the Complainant to attend an executive session. The option to extend an invitation to an individual to attend an executive session is held by the public body, and not the individual seeking to attend the executive session. See...
05/30/2014
The Department of Public Safety did not violate the APRA when it did not disclose law enforcement records that identified a particular person, did not lead to criminal charges and where no allegation had been made concerning the propriety of the DPS investigation, because such disclosure "could...