State Government Press Releases

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09/19/2017
The South Kingstown School Committee violated the OMA when the members engaged in a "rolling" or "walking" quorum, which occurs when a majority of the members of a public body attain a quorum through a series of one-on-one conversations or interactions. These discussions concerned not only...
09/19/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it responded to his APRA request with a six hour "estimate of the amount of time it will take to provide an estimate for the final search, retrieval, review and redaction[.]" We found that this response complied with R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-
09/19/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when its response to his request for "total sick days" used by City fire fighters failed to include information relating to injured on duty time. We noted that "it is the requester's responsibility to frame requests with sufficient...
09/05/2017
Complainant alleged that the Commission violated the OMA during its March 21, 2017 meeting when it discussed a topic not included on the agenda. Based on the corroborated affidavit and meeting minutes, we found that the Commission Chairman passed out copies of a letter concerning an item not...
09/05/2017
The Rhode Island Northern Collaborative is not a "public body" within the "executive branch of state government [or] all state public and quasi-public boards, agencies and corporations, [or] those public bodies set forth in subdivision (b)(2)." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(d). Accordingly, the failure...
09/05/2017
The Complainant alleged the East Providence Board of Assessment Review's agenda for its December 6, 2016 meeting did not indicate the date, time and location of the meeting nor was it specific enough to inform the public of the nature of the business to be discussed. In response to this Department'
09/05/2017
The Complainant alleged that the DOT violated the APRA when it claimed it did not maintain certain records responsive to two requested categories and when it withheld a requested document responsive to a third requested category pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(K) as a "draft." With respect...
09/05/2017
The Complainant alleged that the CRMC violated the APRA when it failed to adequately respond to requests for documents. We found that the Complainant's email to the CRMC's Executive Director was not a valid APRA request because it failed to comply with the CRMC's APRA procedures, contained a...
09/05/2017
The Town of North Kingstown violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA request. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. The Town provided no argument or evidence that the Complainant's APRA request did not comply with its APRA procedures. Rather, the Town places blame on...
08/25/2017
Complainant alleged that the NSMBRTF failed to post agendas for two meetings. Because Complainant provided no indication that the failure to post agendas specifically prevented him from attending the meetings, and, instead, suggested that he would not have been able to attend the meetings...