State Government Press Releases

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03/13/2017
Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it produced only the face sheet and not the narratives of the requested internal affairs reports. Based on our prior finding in WPRI v. Woonsocket Police Department, PR 12-17, we found that the request for "the last 10 Internal Affairs...
03/13/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to produce certain documents responsive to her request. Specifically, the APRA request sought the last twelve internal affairs reports and, although the City provided twelve internal affairs reports, the Complainant alleged...
03/13/2017
Nine complainants filed a thirty-seven page complaint alleging numerous OMA violations committed by the School District. After reviewing all the evidence submitted, the sole violation we found was that the School District took a vote in executive session to amend the executive session minutes of...
03/13/2017
The Rhode Island Child Advocate sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning whether the Death Review Panel ("DRP") is a "public body" subject to the OMA. Based on Solas v. Emergency Hiring Council, 774 A.2d 820 (R.I. 2001) and Pontarelli v. Rhode Island Board Council on Elementary and Secondary...
02/27/2017
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it withheld the requested last ten internal affairs reports completed by the Town Police Department. Consistent with Direct Action for Rights and Equality v. Gannon (DARE), 713 A.2d 218 (R.I. 1998), citizen-initiated complaints were more...
02/27/2017
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it withheld requested documents and when it failed to indicate the procedures for appealing the denial. The evidence revealed that the Town released the requested documents during the pendency of this matter. We found no evidence of a...
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...