State Government Press Releases

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12/31/2018
The Complainant alleged that the SOS violated the APRA when it produced the requested state voter list but withheld the days and months of voters' dates of birth. We first found that R.I. Gen. Laws § 17-6-5 does not require disclosure of the full dates of birth. We next weighed the public interest...
12/27/2018
Complainant alleged that the SKSD violated the APRA when it withheld certain documents pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(M) and provided other documents with allegedly improper redactions. With respect to the withheld documents, the Complainant contended that the exemption contained at R.I....
12/24/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA by withholding certain documents, overcharging for produced documents, redacting signatures on produced documents, and demanding prepayment prior to search and retrieval. We found that the Town's responses to several categories of the APRA...
12/24/2018
The Complainant alleged the West Warwick Town Council ("Town Council") violated the OMA when it discussed items at a meeting that were not noticed on the agenda. More specifically, the Complainant alleged that numerous topics were discussed under the agenda item entitled "Ward Reports." Based on...
12/18/2018
The Complainant alleged that the NFD violated the OMA through improper supplemental notice for the September 27, 2018 meeting, claiming that one of the agenda items was vague. The complaint only included the first four words of the agenda item. Upon review of the full agenda item, we found it...
12/18/2018
The City of Cranston Building Department violated the APRA by failing to timely respond to two APRA requests hand-delivered on February 5, 2018. The City subsequently provided the complainant with documents and although the complainant alleged that other responsive documents were withheld by the...
12/13/2018
The Town of Foster Board of Review did not violate the OMA because the evidence demonstrated that a record of the individual vote of its members was available to the public within two (2) weeks of the vote. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(1). Also, the Board's unofficial minutes were timely posted...
12/07/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Police Department violated the APRA when it withheld a requested arrest report pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12 and R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(D)(c). We noted that a 1984 letter from then-Attorney General Dennis J. Roberts to then-Superintendent of the Rhode...
12/07/2018
The Providence Board of Licenses ("Board") sought an Open Meetings Act ("OMA") Advisory Opinion from this Department concerning whether the Board may meet in executive session for deliberation during or at the conclusion of the presentation of evidence in a show-cause hearing. We found no...
11/08/2018
The Town of Lincoln violated the APRA when it failed to respond to the Complainant's APRA request within ten (10) business days. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-7. As the Complainant was in possession of the responsive documents, injunctive relief was not appropriate. Based upon the specific facts,...