State Government Press Releases

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03/22/2016
The Complainant alleged the City Council violated the OMA during one of its meetings when a quorum of the members met just prior to the start of the meeting to discuss a matter over which the City Council had supervision, control, jurisdiction or advisory power. R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-2(a). ...
03/17/2016
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to include all documents responsive to her APRA request dated March 30, 2015. The APRA states that, unless exempt, all records maintained by any public body shall be public records and every person shall have the right to...
03/10/2016
The Governor's Office violated the APRA when it provided the Complainant with one avenue for appeal, but omitted the other options for appeal. R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8(a). The Governor's Office did not violate the APRA when it failed to provide the Complainant the basis for its waiver denial. ...
03/02/2016
All APRA requests sought two oral reports ("Reports"), which were presented to the School Committee in executive session and concerned the School Committee's review of the handling of accusations of inappropriate conduct. The APRA exempts from public disclosure "[a]ll investigatory records of...
02/23/2016
Complainant alleged that the Committee violated the OMA when the agenda for the Committee's January 6, 2016, meeting failed to adequately state the nature of the business to be discussed, in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-6(b). At the January 6, 2016 meeting, the Committee discussed and...
02/23/2016
The Complainant alleged the DOH violated the APRA when it refused to provide records responsive to its APRA request seeking a copy of the Intoxilyzer I-9000 Training Manual. Among the twenty-seven (27) exceptions to the APRA is R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(B), which exempts from public disclosure, "[
02/22/2016
Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the APRA when: 1) it failed to comply with this Department's "Decision and Order" in MacDougall v. Quonochontaug, PR 13 – 17; OM 13-24; 2) when it failed to properly respond to certain portions of his January 18, 2014 APRA request; and 3) when...
02/18/2016
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to provide a written response to his April 1, 2015 APRA request and when it failed to provide all documents responsive to his April 1, 2015 APRA request. We found that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to respond to the...
02/16/2016
Complainant requested and was denied access to copies "of all resumes received by the Coventry Schools Administration's advertised position for a Financial Director as well as any resumes received from other sources" on the grounds that disclosure would "constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion...
02/03/2016
The Scituate Town Council did not violate the OMA when it discussed matters appropriate for closed session under R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) – "[s]essions pertaining to collective bargaining or litigation, or work sessions pertaining to collective bargaining or litigation." Complainant further...