State Government Press Releases

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12/09/2015
The School Committee violated the OMA during its November 18, 2014 meeting when it memorialized its open call in the executive session meeting minutes, rather than the open session minutes. The School Committee violated the OMA when it recorded the vote of each member on the question of holding a...
12/09/2015
In Howard v. Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, PR 14-25, we concluded that the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority ("RITBA") violated the APRA when it failed to comply with the Complainant's APRA request within ten (10) business days. The sole issue addressed in this supplemental...
12/09/2015
The City of Woonsocket ("City") sought this Department's advice concerning whether certain financial data contained in a proposal submitted by a contractor in response to an RFP was not a public record. It is this Department's practice/policy to issue Advisory Opinions only on pending matters. ...
11/12/2015
The Complainant alleged the Johnston Police Department ("Police Department") violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his April 22, 2015 APRA request. The APRA states that each public body shall establish written procedures regarding access to public records. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(d).
11/02/2015
The Complainant alleged RIHEAA violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his December 18, 2014 APRA. It appears from the record that at the time of the Complainant's December 18, 2014 APRA request, he had a lawsuit pending against the RIHEAA, wherein the Complainant was represented by legal...
10/26/2015
Access/Rhode Island v. West Warwick School Department, PR 15-24B Access/Rhode Island v. Town of Warren, PR 15-28B Access/Rhode Island v. East Greenwich School Department, PR 15-31B Access/Rhode Island v. Office of Auditor General, PR 15-35B Access/Rhode Island v. Warren Police Department, PR 15-
10/26/2015
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today filed a lawsuit in Superior Court citing the Albion Fire District for a willful and knowing, or reckless, violation of the State's Access to Public Records Act (APRA) for failure to submit to the Office of Attorney General a form certifying that an...
10/13/2015
The Complainants alleged the School Committee violated the OMA during its April 14, 2015 executive session meeting when it failed to disclose an executive session vote in open session, improperly conducted business in executive session and during its June 8, 2015 meeting, the School Committee...
10/06/2015
The Complainant alleged the Woonsocket City Council ("City Council") violated the OMA during its May 4, 2015 meeting when, under the agenda item "Good and Welfare," members of the City Council began discussing him, yet that topic was not properly advertised. The OMA requires all public bodies...
09/18/2015
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 object to the notice. See to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-...