State Government Press Releases

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01/02/2020
Complainant alleged EOHHS violated the APRA when it withheld documents responsive to its APRA request pursuant to three APRA exemptions: R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-(4)(A)(I)(a), 38-2-42(4)(E), and 38-2-2(4)(K). This Office set forth the relevant law and engaged in a lengthy in camera review of over 1,...
01/02/2020
Complainants allege that the Fire District violated the OMA when it failed to timely post minutes of its August 18, 2019 meeting on the Secretary of State's website. The Fire District conceded that its August 18, 2019 meeting minutes were not timely posted on the Secretary of State's website, and...
12/24/2019
The Complainant alleged the Town violated the APRA when it failed to provide documents responsive to her request related to an ordinance. Based on the undisputed evidence, the full text of the amended ordinance was not available at the time Complainant submitted her APRA request. Additionally, in...
12/24/2019
The Complainant alleged that the City assessed an unreasonable prepayment estimate to produce records. The undisputed evidence indicated that the request encompassed over two hundred potentially responsive emails, some of which contained private addresses and personal email addresses. We...
12/24/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Board violated the OMA when it convened into executive session to discuss legal issues that arose during the public meeting without taking an "open call" vote or notifying the public at least 48-hours in advance of its intention to do so. The Complainant also...
12/24/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Woonsocket City Council violated the OMA at its July 1, 2019, August 5, 2019, and October 7, 2019 meetings when the agenda item "Good and Welfare" did not sufficiently specify the nature of the business to be discussed. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). The City...
12/24/2019
Complainant alleged the City failed to timely respond to his APRA request. The City acknowledged that its response was untimely due to a mistake, and accordingly we determined the City violated the APRA. The parties' submissions suggest that the documents sought by the Complainant have now been...
12/24/2019
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA by not producing three "packets" of documents that she believes were sent to this Office. The City submitted evidence that it does not maintain the requested "packets." Because the uncontested record indicated that the City does not maintain...
12/24/2019
The Complainant alleged the Town violated the APRA when it denied her request for emails between the Town Council President and Town Manager and when its denial failed to articulate its APRA appeal procedures. Based on our in camera review, we found the Town did not violate the APRA when it...
12/24/2019
The Complainant alleged the School District violated the APRA by failing to respond to her requests within ten (10) business days, and also took issue with the sufficiency of the documents provided by the School District. Because no evidence was presented that the School District responded to the...