State Government Press Releases

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06/09/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it withheld two internal affairs reports. Based on the record, including our in camera review of the two withheld reports, we conducted the balancing test for both reports, considering the privacy and public interests implicated by...
06/09/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City Council violated the OMA by discussing "CVS and legislation relating to it" without those items being properly noticed on the meeting agenda. We reviewed the record, including video of the meeting, and determined that the Council did not discuss business...
06/09/2020
The Complainants alleged the Town violated the APRA based on the Town's prepayment estimate for search, retrieval, and review of certain potentially responsive documents; the Town withholding certain records pursuant to the client/attorney exemption; and the Town claiming that no responsive...
06/08/2020
In PR 20-23, this Office concluded that the City violated the APRA when its initial response to Complainant's request did not provide any specific reasons for the denial and instead only made the general assertion that the withheld documents were not public records. We directed the City to provide...
05/26/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Board violated the OMA when two of its three members met outside the public purview to discuss and/or decide issues related to retaining special counsel, and that these discussions resulted in an agenda item related to the Board being placed on the Town Council...
05/22/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it withheld executive session minutes and audio recordings, which the Complainant argued had been unsealed by the Town Council's adoption of a certain policy regarding executive session minutes. The Town asserted that the minutes and...
05/22/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it: (1) asserted it did not maintain certain responsive records; and (2) withheld three email threads under Exemption (B). Regarding the first allegation, we found that the undisputed evidence indicated that the City did not maintain the...
05/22/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Office of Auditor General violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his public records request. The undisputed evidence indicated that the request, which was sent by mail, was not received because of the Auditor General's failure to update its website and APRA...
05/22/2020
The Complainant alleged that the OPC violated the APRA when it (1) asserted that it did not maintain certain documents responsive to some of his requests about a job position; and (2) withheld a public employee's resume under R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(b). Although the Complainant asserted...
05/22/2020
The Complainant alleged that the RISP violated the APRA by redacting certain information from the requested records. The RISP asserted that the implicated privacy interests outweighed the public interest in disclosure of this information, such that disclosure could reasonably be expected to...