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OM 14-03 Vadenais v. North Smithfield Town Council No Violation

The Town Council did not violate the OMA when it held a "site visit" to review a parcel of land. For purposes of the OMA, a "meeting" is defined as "the convening of a public body to discuss and/or act upon a matter over which the public body has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advisory power." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-2(a). (Emphasis added). If members of a public body only view a site and do not discuss their observations and findings, such action would not rise to the level of a "meeting" under the OMA. See Lamb v. Tiverton Budget Committee, OM 98-31.

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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: 01-29-2014

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