State Government Press Releases

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05/18/2015
This Department initiated an APRA investigation against the Fire District for failure to timely comply with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-3.16. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8(d). The evidence showed that despite repeated notice from this Department and despite the District's assurances that the...
05/18/2015
The Department of Environmental Management ("DEM") did not violate the APRA when it withheld from disclosure a document prepared within a client/attorney relationship, and therefore, not deemed public pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(a). Based upon case law from the Rhode Island and...
05/18/2015
The West Warwick Board of Canvassers ("Board") violated the OMA during its October 27, 2014 meeting when it discussed an item not listed on the agenda. More specifically, the Board discussed and voted on procedures regarding poll worker contact, yet that item was not listed on the agenda. During...
05/12/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General filed a lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court citing the Warwick Retirement Board for a willful or knowing violation of the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act (OMA) when the Board held a meeting on less than 48...
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...