State Government Press Releases

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02/27/2017
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it: (1) redacted handwritten notes on released documents; (2) failed to produce a City's employee's calendar; (3) failed to produce certain payroll documents for a particular City employee; and (4) charged an allegedly excessive fee for...
02/23/2017
Complainant alleged that the GPD violated the APRA with respect to two separate APRA requests when: (1) it twice failed to specify the reasons for the denial; (2) it twice failed to indicate in writing that no reasonably segregable portion was releasable; (3) it once failed to indicate the...
02/21/2017
The OMA requires that the "unofficial minutes shall be available to the public at the office of the public body, within thirty-five (35) days of the meeting or at the next regularly scheduled meeting, whichever is earlier." See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-7(b)(1). The Coventry Charter Review...
02/21/2017
The Fire District violated the OMA when it untimely filed a number of its unofficial and official and/or approved minutes on the Secretary of State's website for a number of its Board of Directors and Standard Administrative Procedures meetings. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-7(b)(2) and (d). While...
02/06/2017
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it produced some documents in response to her APRA request, yet provided additional documents in response to a request filed by another individual that the Complainant claimed was responsive to her APRA request. The Complainant's APRA...
02/06/2017
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to fully respond to his APRA request by disclosing a document containing pagination irregularities that suggested pages were missing. We found no evidence that would lead us to conclude that additional portions of the requested...
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...