State Government Press Releases

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08/21/2015
The Department of Health and Office of Drinking Water Quality ("DOH" and "DWQ") violated that APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request dated April 2, 2014. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. We have concerns whether the DOH and DWQ's violation amount to a "knowing and...
08/21/2015
The DPS violated the APRA when it failed to provide redacted documents responsive to the Town's APRA request. The Town sought documents concerning a particular investigation but the DPS denied the request indicating that the disclosure "could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted...
08/12/2015
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA by not responding to a July 2, 2014 APRA request, but the evidence established, and the Complainant acknowledged, that he had never made a July 2, 2014 APRA request to the Town. Accordingly, this Department found no violation.
07/27/2015
Complainant alleged that the School Board violated the OMA when it's full day Kindergarten Subcommittee ("Subcommittee") discussed public business outside the public purview either by convening non-public meetings or by creating a "rolling" quorum. The evidenced showed that the Subcommittee was...
07/23/2015
The Complainant alleged that Rhode Island Housing violated the APRA when it failed to provide access to certain documents and when it extended the time to respond for twenty (20) business days. This Department determined that the documents that were not produced (meeting minutes, notices for...
07/22/2015
Complaint alleged that DOH violated the APRA when it withheld forty four (44) documents from review. After viewing the forty-four (44) documents in camera, this Department concluded that while two (2) of the documents at issue were responsive to one APRA request, the two (2) documents were not...
07/20/2015
The Town of Scituate violated the APRA when it failed to mail its denial letter within ten (10) business days of a request. The evidence suggested that the denial letter was timely prepared, but misfiled, and that the requested document did not exist.
07/16/2015
The Complainant averred that eight (8) meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group on URI-Narragansett Student Rental Issues were not posted on the Secretary of State's website as required by the OMA, but the evidence established that the Complainant had attended two (2) of these meetings and two (2)...
07/16/2015
The Portsmouth Agriculture Advisory Committee ("Committee") violated the OMA when it failed to timely make two (2) open session meeting minutes available to the public. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(1)("The minutes shall be public records and unofficial minutes shall be available, to the public...
06/30/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General has reached a settlement agreement with the Western Coventry Fire District for a violation of the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act (OMA) when the Fire District failed to timely file or post the unofficial minutes...