State Government Press Releases

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05/12/2015
After viewing all the evidence presented, this Department determined sufficient evidence to conclude that the Warwick Retirement Board knowingly or willfully violated the OMA when it posted notice and convened its March 4, 2015 meeting on less than forty-eight (48) hours notice and when it...
05/12/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General has reached a settlement agreement with the Manville Fire Department for violations of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) for failing to provide a timely response to an APRA request. Under the terms of the...
05/05/2015
The Complainant alleged that EOHHS failed to comply with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-3(e) when it extended the time to respond to the two (2) APRA requests without providing a "particularized" explanation, and that EOHSS did not have "good cause" to extend the time to respond to a December 10, 2014 ...
04/27/2015
The Warwick Retirement Board violated the OMA when it held a meeting on less than forty-eight (48) hours notice, see R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-6(b), and when it discussed matters not appropriate for closed session in closed session at its March 18 meeting. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(7). Based...
04/24/2015
The Providence Journal filed an APRA complaint because the Department of Health created a document that listed the number and location of drug overdose deaths, but did not list the number of overdose deaths in municipalities that had five (5) or less deaths, and otherwise listed "unknown location"...
04/15/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office had reached a settlement agreement with the State Properties Committee for violations of the Open Meeting Act for failure to post the minutes of several meetings as prescribed by RIGL §§ 42-46-7(d). Under the terms of the...
04/13/2015
The Cumberland Fire Committee ("CFC") violated that Open Meetings Act ("OMA") on November 6, 2014, when a quorum of the CFC met outside of a properly noticed open meeting and collectively discussed public business, i.e., the future chair and vice-chair of the CFC. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-2(1).
04/13/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office has filed open government lawsuits against the Western Coventry Fire District and the Manville Fire Department. Western Coventry Fire District Attorney General Kilmartin filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior...
04/08/2015
Complainant alleged that the School Department violated the APRA when it failed to provide notice of the appeal process in its denial. Under the APRA, "[a]ny denial of the right to inspect or copy records…shall be made to the person or entity requesting the right in writing giving the specific...
03/16/2015
Insufficient evidence was presented that the complainant was aggrieved by the allegedly deficient public notice. Accordingly, pursuant to Graziano v. Rhode Island Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002), the complainant lacked standing to bring this complaint.