State Government Press Releases

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01/13/2017
Complainants alleged that the OMFD violated the APRA when it failed to adequately respond to three multi-part APRA requests. The evidence indicated that a number of the APRA requests were not proper requests for documents cognizable under the APRA, but instead interrogatories for which responsive...
01/06/2017
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Albion Fire District settled a lawsuit acknowledging it violated the State's Access to Public Records Act (APRA) for failure to submit to the Office of Attorney General a form certifying that an individual(s) had been trained in APRA as...
12/27/2016
The Complainant alleged that various meetings were convened without public notice by the Public Safety Complex Committee on unknown dates. No evidence was produced that the Complainant was aggrieved by these allegations or did not attend any meetings due to the lack of posting. In accordance...
12/27/2016
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to his APRA request and when it withheld a requested document pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(K) as a "working paper" and/or "work product." We found that the City timely responded to the APRA request...
12/22/2016
ADV OM 16-03 Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department Legal counsel for the Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department ("PIVFD") sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning whether the PIVFD is a "public body" subject to the OMA. Based on Solas v. Emergency Hiring Council,...
12/12/2016
Complainant alleged that the RISCS violated the APRA when it failed to produce documents responsive to two separate APRA requests and when it failed to timely respond to his appeal of the denial of his second APRA request. The evidence indicated that the RISCS had released the requested documents...
12/12/2016
The Providence Journal, alleged the Police Department violated the APRA when it denied its APRA request, which sought "a copy of the police report from Feb. 11 on the murder-suicide of [Mr. and Mrs. Doe] and Feb. 4 report made by [Ms. Doe] alleging threats by [Mr. Doe]." In National Archives and...
12/12/2016
The Complainant sought the "narratives for the last 10 death cases the PPD [Pawtucket Police Department] classified as 'suicide.'" It is beyond debate that the deceased individuals identified in the ten (10) requested reports have no privacy interest as "the right to privacy dies with the person."
12/12/2016
Complainant alleged that the WGFD violated the APRA when it failed to produce documents responsive to his request. This Department has long held that "in order for this Department to have jurisdiction to inquire into an APRA matter, the complainant must first have requested a record from a public...
12/12/2016
Complainant alleged that the WGFD violated the OMA and the APRA when it: (1) untimely posted its annual notice after its first meeting; (2) untimely posted notice of its annual meeting; (3) failed to include the open call requirements set forth in R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-4(a) in its open session...