State Government Press Releases

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07/26/2013
The RI Dept. of Health did not violate the APRA when it refused to provide the names and addresses of children and their parents living in the Middletown and Newport area because the disclosure would constitute a "clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy." See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(b). ...
07/09/2013
This Department did not address complainant's allegation that the Warren Town Council's ("Town Council") agenda for its February 12, 2013 meeting was insufficient to inform the public of the nature of the business to be discussed since the complainants attended the February 12, 2013 meeting and...
07/09/2013
The Cumberland Police Department violated the APRA when it failed to deny an APRA in writing. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. Instead, the Police Department orally denied the APRA request. Although this Department's precedent suggested that the withheld documents, i.e., incident reports, were exempt...
07/09/2013
Although the City eventually provided the Complainant with most documents responsive to its APRA request, the City violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7(a). The City was given ten (10) business days to provide a response...
07/09/2013
The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education did not violate the APRA when it denied the Complainant's APRA request for certain documents.
06/21/2013
The School Committee did not violate the OMA when it did not provide notice to a School Committee member that his conduct would be discussed in open session. The School Committee also did not violate the OMA by failing to include certain language in the December 12, 2012 minutes because that...
06/21/2013
The Westerly Housing Authority Board of Commissioners ("Board") did not violate the OMA during its February 21, 2013 meeting since the agenda included a statement specifying the nature of the business to be discussed. The Board did not violate the OMA when the agenda contained no provision...
06/20/2013
The Office of Attorney General found that the Cranston City Council violated the OMA during its March 25, 2013 meeting when ordinances were introduced and referred to other committees under the generic agenda item "New Business." Although R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b) would have allowed the City...
06/20/2013
The Office of Attorney General found that, in this specific instance, provisions of the Town Charter and the OMA did not conflict; thus, the Coventry Town Council violated the OMA when it failed to provide forty-eight (48) hours notice before its meeting held on April 9, 2013. See R.I. Gen. Laws