State Government Press Releases

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08/23/2019
Complainant, who is a member of the School Committee, alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA by not permitting him to attend an executive session of a Subcommittee of which he is not a member. This Office determined that nothing within the OMA requires the School Committee (or for that...
08/23/2019
This Office opened an investigation into whether the Saylesville Fire District ("Fire District") failed to post meeting minutes for several meetings. The Fire District acknowledged its failure to post meeting minutes for its December 13, 2018, January 10, 2019, February 4, 2019, March 4, 2019, and...
08/23/2019
This Office opened an investigation into whether the Woonsocket Renewable Energy Committee ("Committee") failed to post meeting minutes for several meetings. The Committee acknowledged its failure to post meeting minutes for its January 11, 2018, June 26, 2018, October 9, 2018, and February 8,...
07/01/2019
Complainant alleged that the City Council violated the OMA by listing an agenda item, "Legislative Report," that did not provide adequate notice of the specific persons, bills, or subject matters that would be discussed. This Office determined that the City Council violated the OMA because the...
07/01/2019
Complainant contended that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation ("RIDOT") violated the APRA when it failed to produce certain documents Complainant requested. This Office determined that RIDOT violated the APRA by failing to timely locate and produce a responsive document. This Office...
07/01/2019
Complainant alleged that Jamestown Board of Canvassers unilaterally ended discussion on an agenda item without taking a vote of the Board members who were present and that the chairperson decided to take no further action or vote on the matter at issue. This Office determined that the OMA was not...
07/01/2019
Complainant alleged that the City of Providence Plan Commission violated the OMA when it failed to properly notice and maintain minutes of a site visit. The undisputed evidence revealed that only three of the seven Commission members attended the site visit, which was less than a quorum....
07/01/2019
Complainant alleged that the Town Council met outside the public purview in violation of the OMA on January 3, 2019 for the purpose of meeting with bond counsel. The undisputed evidence revealed that two separate gatherings were held on January 3, 2019, each between two council members and Town...
07/01/2019
This supplemental finding addresses whether the OMA violations found in City of Central Falls v. Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation, OM 19-03 were willful or knowing; whether the January 22, 2019 emergency meeting was necessitated by an unexpected occurrence; whether the meeting was...
07/01/2019
Complainants alleged that four members of the Tiverton Town Council met outside the public purview in violation of the OMA for the purpose of discussing and selecting the solicitor for the Town Council. It was undisputed that the Town Council consists of seven members and that four members...