State Government Press Releases

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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...
11/04/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Council violated the OMA by discussing the Complainant's employment outside of a properly noticed meeting. Based on the totality of the evidence presented, we did not find sufficient evidence that a quorum of the Council engaged in a collective discussion regarding...
11/04/2020
The Complainant alleged the Department violated the APRA when it denied his request for certain "reports or investigations" related to a specific private citizen and filed by specific private citizens. The Department declined to confirm or deny whether such records existed and maintained that if...
10/09/2020
This Office previously concluded that the Fire District violated the OMA when it failed to post annual notice of its regularly scheduled meetings on the Secretary of State's website. This Office issued a finding directing the Fire District to address whether its violation should be considered...
10/09/2020
The Complainant alleged the Council violated the OMA by discussing certain applicants for a Town solicitor position during an executive session. Specifically, the Complainant alleged that the notice to the applicants being discussed that was sent pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1) did not...
10/06/2020
In PR 20-59, this Office concluded that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to timely produce or exempt documents responsive to the Complainant's APRA request. We directed the Town to provide a supplemental submission regarding the withheld documents and addressing whether the Town's...
10/06/2020
The Complainant alleged that EOHHS improperly withheld a number of records in response to its APRA request. This Office previously issued a finding, PR 20-01, which set forth the relevant legal framework and concluded that EOHHS permissibly withheld a number of documents and improperly withheld...
10/05/2020
In PR 19-12, this Office determined that the Fire District violated the APRA by not having written APRA procedures established at the time the Complainant submitted his APRA request, see R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(d), and by failing to file its annual Certificate of Compliance with the Office of...
10/05/2020
Complainant alleged an APRA violation arising from the withholding of an individual's time sheet, based on the assertion that disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Based on our review of the evidence, including our in camera review of the relevant document,
10/05/2020
Complainant alleged the Town violated the APRA by not producing certain responsive documents and by heavily redacting others. Upon review of the undisputed evidence, including our in camera review of the documents that were produced with redactions, this Office concluded that the Town did...