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PR 16-05, OM 1602 - MacDougall v. Quonochontaug Central Beach Fire District, APRA violation found. No OMA violation.

Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the APRA when: 1) it failed to comply with this Department's "Decision and Order" in MacDougall v. Quonochontaug, PR 13 17; OM 13-24; 2) when it failed to properly respond to certain portions of his January 18, 2014 APRA request; and 3) when the Fire District's response to several of Complainant's 2012 2013 APRA requests were not signed by someone certified to respond pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3.16. This Department concluded that the Fire District violated the APRA when it failed to provide all responsive documents to Complainant's January 18, 2014 APRA request and that the Fire District violated the APRA when someone not certified pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3.16 responded or otherwise authorized the Fire District's response to the 2012-2013 requests. Complainant further alleged that the Fire District violated the OMA when it failed to post the annual notices of six (6) subcommittees on the Secretary of State's website. Since there was insufficient evidence to determine whether Complainant was aggrieved by the alleged lack of notice, we found no violation. See Graziano v. Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002).

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