State Government Press Releases

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05/15/2018
Complainant alleged that the City Council violated the OMA when it discussed the process for selecting a new councilmember outside of the public purview. Complainant also alleged that the interviews of candidates in executive session was improper. The submitted affidavits revealed that numerous...
05/15/2018
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to provide a document responsive to his request. Although we had concerns whether the Complainant's request fell within the ambit of the APRA, we noted that because the Complainant already had the requested document, we only...
05/15/2018
The Rhode Island Secretary of State sought guidance as to whether using an electronic kiosk to post Open Meetings Act information was proper. We concluded that the proposed electronic kiosk that is physically present outside the State Library complies with R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(c). We also...
05/15/2018
The Complainant alleged the West Warwick Town Council violated the OMA when the agenda for its January 16, 2018 meeting was posted less than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or entity of the state...
05/15/2018
The Complainant alleged the Western Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") violated the OMA when it failed to post the unofficial minutes for its September 7, 2017 meeting on the Secretary of State's website in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(2). The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or...
04/20/2018
The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation ("Corporation") violated the OMA when it untimely posted minutes on the Secretary of State's website for numerous meetings. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or entity of the state who is aggrieved as a result of violations of the...
04/20/2018
The Complainant alleged the Air Service Development Council ("Council") violated the OMA when it failed to post its meeting meetings on the Secretary of State's website for its September 8, 2017 meeting in a timely manner. As it did not appear that the Council had legal counsel, this Department...
04/17/2018
The Woonsocket Board of Assessment Review ("Board of Review") violated the OMA when it convened into executive session. The evidence was completely devoid of any open call as is required pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-4(a). See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a). Because we conclude that the Board...
04/04/2018
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it made approximately 500 redactions when producing over 5,000 calendar entries. Based on our in camera review, we found each redaction proper under the APRA. Numerous entries such as those regarding interviewees who were not hired,...
04/04/2018
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it responded to her request by seeking prepayment and stating that review and redaction would take 123 hours. Based on the evidence presented, including the large scope of the request, we found that this estimate was reasonable. See R.I....