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PR 17-46 APRA Watch v. City of Providence No Violation

The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it responded to his APRA request with a six hour "estimate of the amount of time it will take to provide an estimate for the final search, retrieval, review and redaction[.]" We found that this response complied with R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-4(b) because it conveyed that it would take an estimated six hours for actual search and retrieval of all responsive documents and that future redaction costs reasonably anticipated given the nature of requested documents were not included in the estimate and could be determined only after obtaining the requested documents. We also found that the estimate of six hours did not violate the APRA given the scope of the request. Further, we found that the Complainant's request for a "summary of how the amount was determined" was not akin to a request for a detailed itemization pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-4(d). Accordingly, we found no violation.

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