State Government Press Releases

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07/06/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Governor's Office failed to respond to his APRA request. The undisputed evidence demonstrated that Complainant did not submit the request in accordance with the Governor's Office's promulgated and posted APRA procedures. Accordingly, we found no violation.
07/06/2021
The Complainant alleged the Fire Marshal did not properly respond to his APRA request seeking certain records related to a particular arson investigation. The undisputed record evidenced that the Fire Marshal had previously provided Complainant with all records in its possession related to the...
06/21/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it redacted the names and individually identifiable information of the reporting witnesses in the incident report Complainant requested. The Town argued that the redactions were proper insofar as the incident report did not result in an...
06/02/2021
The Complainant alleged an item on the Committee's March 16, 2021 meeting agenda failed to fairly inform the public that a discussion would take place regarding the change of date for a certain professional development day. Based on the undisputed evidence, the pertinent agenda item fairly...
06/02/2021
The Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA at its March 2, 2021 meeting when it voted to continue the engagement of a law firm in executive session without providing advanced notice that such a vote would occur and when the executive session agenda item cited to "RIGL 42-...
05/17/2021
The Complainant alleged the Housing Authority violated the OMA when it failed to post a physical copy of the notice for its December 30, 2020 meeting anywhere on the Housing Authority premises. The Housing Authority provided evidence that notice of the December 30 , 2020meeting was physically...
05/04/2021
In two complaints respectively relating to meetings held on November 10, 2020 and December 5, 2020, the Complainant alleged that the Scituate School Committee violated the OMA at each meeting because the agenda item titled "Consent Agenda, 1. Meeting Minutes, 2. Bills, 3. Correspondence" failed to...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged the Authority violated the APRA by withholding certain payroll records related to employees of SMG, which is an entity hired by the Authority to perform work on its behalf. Based on the evidence in the record before us, we found the Authority did not maintain the requested...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Council failed to file its approved minutes on the Secretary of State's website for 14 meetings within 35-days of each of those meetings. Based upon the record before is, including the Council's concessions, this Office determined that the Council did not file its...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated OMA when it did not properly report out executive session votes and vote to seal the minutes of an executive session in connection with an April 9, 2019 meeting. The Complainant argued that the statute of limitations regarding this meeting...