State Government Press Releases

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02/10/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Committee violated the OMA by failing to timely post the agenda for its August 13, 2019 meeting and by failing to post minutes on the Secretary of State's website for its August 13, 2019 and March 2, 2020 meetings. Based on the undisputed evidence, the statute of...
02/10/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Committee violated the OMA by failing to post annual notice of its regularly scheduled meetings at the beginning of the calendar year and by failing to post minutes on the Secretary of State's website for its September 2018 and September 2019 meetings. Based on the...
02/10/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Commission violated the OMA when the agenda for its Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:00am meeting was not posted until Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:08am, in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). The Commission conceded this point and, accordingly, we found a violation....
02/10/2021
In a July 20, 2020 complaint and July 22, 2020 complaint, the Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the OMA by conducting business outside of the public purview. In the July 20, 2020 complaint, the Complainant alleged that the Fire District both retained legal counsel and vacated a...
02/10/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Department violated the OMA by convening meetings outside the public purview related to revising the Town of Westerly Zoning Ordinance without providing public notice or maintaining minutes of those meetings. Guided by Rhode Island Supreme Court precedent, we...
02/10/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Scituate School Committee violated the OMA when it did not provide proper notice of the nature of the business to be discussed and/or acted upon at its July 7, 2020 meeting. Specifically, the Complainant argued that an agenda item titled "Discussion/Action/Vote...
02/10/2021
The Complainant alleged the Department's prepayment estimate did not comply with the APRA and that the Department failed to provide a specific legal contract Complainant alleged was responsive to the request. During the pendency of this Office's investigation, the Department provided the...
12/15/2020
Both Complainants alleged that the Fire District violated the OMA when it convened a meeting outside of the public purview. Ms. Childs additionally alleged that the Fire District failed to include a date of posting on the physical posting of its meeting notice and provided an inadequately specific...
12/15/2020
The Complainant alleged that both the North Smithfield Planning Board and the North Smithfield Conservation Commission violated the OMA when they convened a "site tour" of a solar farm outside of the public purview. Based on the totality of the evidence before us, we determined that the...
11/04/2020
The Complainant alleged that RIDE violated the OMA and the Governor's Executive Order when participants at its July 21, 2020 virtual meeting were not permitted to activate their videos or use a chat box feature. The OMA expressly provides that it does not require "any public body to hold an open...