State Government Press Releases

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04/01/2014
Because the City of Providence has concluded that the Limited Partnership agreement should be disclosed, at least in part, this department opined that nothing within the Access to Public Records Act prohibits the City from disclosing the Limited Partnership agreement in accordance with its...
03/26/2014
The Complainants alleged the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission ("RIAEC) violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") on numerous occasions. After review of all allegations, this Department found the RIAEC violated the OMA when it 1) held its December 10, 2012 meeting on less than 48 hours notice...
03/26/2014
The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission ("RIAEC) violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") on several occasions. After review of all allegations, this Department found the RIAEC violated the OMA when it failed to properly conduct and record an open call for the following...
03/26/2014
The Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") did not violate the OMA when it refused to allow Complainant to attend an executive meeting on January 30, 2014. Based upon the evidence presented, the portion of the meeting when the Fire District convened into a larger training room with the union...
03/26/2014
The Town did not violate the APRA when it withheld from disclosure the street addresses and states of residence for the Town's mooring permit holders. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(A)I)(b); DARE v. Gannon, 713 A.2d 218 (R.I. 1998).
03/26/2014
The Fire District violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to an APRA request in writing. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7.
03/26/2014
The Exeter Town Council did not violate the OMA when a quorum of its members convened for an unnoticed meeting because the evidence established that the Exeter Democratic Town Committee convened for a meeting and not the Exeter Town Council. The OMA expressly provides that "political part[ies,]...
03/26/2014
The Fire District violated the OMA when its 2013 annual notice did not include information required under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(a). The Fire District did not violate the OMA when its agenda topics for the September 16 and 19, 2013 meetings adequately informed the public of the nature of the...
11/27/2013
The Complainant alleged several Open Meetings Act ("OMA") and APRA ("Access to Public Records Act") violations against the East Bay Energy Consortium ("EBEC"). While this Department found no OMA violations, this Department did find that the EBEC violated the APRA when it failed to post its APRA...
11/27/2013
The Smithfield School Committee violated the APRA when its denial failed to provide "the specific reasons for the denial." R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7(a). This Department has previously held that "a statement that the information sought 'is not public information' is not sufficient to comply with...