State Government Press Releases

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04/28/2017
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it withheld unfiled deposition transcripts. The City claimed it purchased the transcripts from a third party court reporter and, as such, considered them to be 'trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person,...
04/28/2017
The City did not violate the APRA when it exempted from public disclosure a videotape played at a public meeting depicting an assault on a private individual. The Complainant presented no evidence or argument that the public interest would be advanced through disclosure and R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)
04/28/2017
The Town Council did not violate the OMA as there was no evidence that a quorum of its members discussed outside the public purview (on June 7, 2016) the disclosure of a press release and/or a Resolution. Rather, the undisputed evidence revealed that the Town Clerk/Town Manager authorized the...
04/28/2017
The Complainant alleged the Newport Housing Authority and the Newport Development Corporation ("Authority and Corporation") violated the OMA when it did not post notice for its July 14, 2016 meeting. We found no violation since the Complainant did not provide any evidence that a meeting in fact...
04/28/2017
The Complainant challenges the City response that responsive e-mails were "overly redacted" and/or not provided. Of the 68 e-mails that were provided in a redacted manner, 63 of these e-mails were in the Complainant's possession prior to making the instant APRA request. Accordingly, it was...
04/28/2017
The City did not violate the APRA when it withheld disclosure of the "original" police narratives pertaining to a specific and identifiable death determined to be a suicide. While the City had disclosed the modified or updated narrative approximately two years ago, "the fact that 'an event is not...
04/28/2017
The City of Pawtucket did not violate the APRA when it withheld the audio recordings of two telephone calls placed to the Police Department by the complainant wherein the complainant accused a specific and identifiable person of committing a crime. Applying the balancing test, the identifiable...
04/28/2017
The City of Pawtucket did not violate the APRA when it sought (and received) clarification concerning one of four categories in an APRA request. Moreover, a City employee's response to a follow-up inquiry did not constitute a denial on behalf of the City where the City employee did not have "the...
04/28/2017
The Complainant alleged that the RICDHH violated the OMA when it failed to timely post meeting minutes on the Secretary of State's website for nine meetings. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or entity of the state who is aggrieved as a result of violations of the provisions of this chapter may...
04/14/2017
The Complainant alleged that the RICDHH violated the APRA when it failed to respond to her email asking for documents. Although we expressed doubts that the email was a cognizable request for documents pursuant to the APRA, the evidence indicated that the RICDHH did not have an APRA policy and,...