State Government Press Releases

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10/17/2013
In Law Offices of Michael Kelly v. City of Woonsocket, PR 13-13, this Department found that the City of Woonsocket ("City") violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request dated December 21, 2012. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. The City further violated the...
09/26/2013
The School Committee violated the OMA during its August 6, 2013 open meeting because the front door to the building was locked. The School Committee acknowledges that the Administration Building is locked for safety reasons but access is obtained through a buzzer system. The Complainant alleges...
09/11/2013
The OMA requires that all public bodies "shall give supplemental written public notice of any meeting within a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours before the date" of the meeting. R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission violated the OMA when it posted notice on the...
09/03/2013
There was insufficient evidence to establish that the Woonsocket Budget Commission ("Budget Commission") held a meeting with members of the Woonsocket School Committee to discuss the Complainant's job performance under Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-5(a)(1). Further, Complainant alleges that...
09/03/2013
There was insufficient evidence to establish that the Superintendent's Office failed to respond to Complainant's APRA request dated November 19, 2012. With respect to Complainant's APRA request dated December 1, 2012, this Department found that the Superintendent's Office violated the APRA when...
08/27/2013
The City of Providence did not violate the APRA when it responded to a request for records on the tenth business day. The complaint was filed prematurely, before the expiration of the ten (10) business days, and failed to consider that Memorial Day was a non-business day.
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...