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RIAG OM-18 Balbat v. Westerly Housing Authority Board of Commissioners No Violation and Holden-Shea v. Westerly Housing Authority Board of Commissioners No Violation

The Westerly Housing Authority Board of Commissioners ("Board") did not violate the OMA during its February 21, 2013 meeting since the agenda included a statement specifying the nature of the business to be discussed. The Board did not violate the OMA when the agenda contained no provision advising of the Board's intent to go into an executive session since the OMA does not specifically address the question of whether a public body must inform the public in advance as to whether a meeting will be held in open or closed session. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6; Pine v. Charlestown Town Council, 1997 WL 839926 (R.I.Super.)("at most," the notice may indicate that the "public body may seek. . . to go into closed executive session.").

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Department or agency: Office of the Attorney General: Open Government

Online: http://www.riag.ri.gov/civil/opengovernment/index.php

Release date: 06-21-2013

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