State Government Press Releases

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08/17/2018
The Fire District violated the OMA when it failed to post supplemental notice for its February 2018 meeting on the Secretary of State's website. There was no evidence the Fire District willfully or knowingly violated the OMA, and in fact, the Fire District posted its supplemental notice for the...
08/10/2018
The Complainant's APRA request sought weekly certified payroll records of Martone Service Company's purported subcontractor, New England Masonry. We found no evidence that a separate document concerning New England Masonry existed that was being improperly withheld. Since no weekly certified...
08/06/2018
The Pascoag Fire District violated the APRA when it failed to respond to a request in a timely manner. The Fire District was directed to file a supplemental response so that this Department could examine and determine whether the violation was "knowing and willful" or "reckless" within R.I. Gen....
08/06/2018
The fifty-seven (57) Subcommittees of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning whether they are "public bod[ies]" subject to the OMA. However, we were provided few facts regarding the fifty-seven (57) Subcommittees upon whose status we were asked to opine....
08/06/2018
Based upon this Department's in camera review of the executive session meeting minutes, the Exeter West Greenwich Regional School District did not violate the OMA. The evidence revealed that the School District properly convened into executive session and its discussion was proper under R.I. Gen....
07/30/2018
Because the subject-matter of this Complaint is the same subject-matter of a lawsuit pending in the Rhode Island Superior Court by the Complainant, this Office dismissed the Complaint filed with this Office since it is duplicative with the lawsuit that has already been filed.
07/11/2018
The School Department did not violate the APRA when it denied a request for a videotape depicting a minor. Even if the requester had an enhanced interest in the requested record, an APRA request must be evaluated with respect to the public at-large, not the interest of the particular requester. ...
07/05/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the OMA when two meetings occurred outside the public purview and when she was instructed that she "need not" attend a public meeting. With respect to the first alleged meeting, we found no violation because there was no evidence that any of...
07/05/2018
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the OMA when it formed a stakeholder group that met or will meet outside the public purview. The uncontroverted evidence demonstrated that no meeting of the stakeholders group had occurred. Therefore, the OMA was not implicated. Furthermore, based on...
07/05/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Fire Department violated the APRA when it denied his request for documents on the grounds that they did not exist. The Complainant alleged that the documents did exist. We found that the Complainant's request unequivocally sought completed forms. Since no completed...