State Government Press Releases

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06/15/2018
The Complainant alleged the Exeter Town Council ("Town Council") violated the OMA when its agenda did not sufficiently inform the public of the nature of the business to be discussed. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). Based on our review of the agenda and the open session minutes, we found...
06/15/2018
The Town of Exeter ("Town") did not violate the APRA when the evidence revealed that the Complainant's APRA request was made to a member of a public body. The request was personally directed to a Town Council member. The Councilor by himself is not a public body. As such, the Complainant's APRA...
06/14/2018
The complainant alleged that the Board of Elections filed its official/approved minutes on the Secretary of State's website in an untimely manner for fourteen meetings. Several of these meetings were cancelled or did not constitute meetings. In addition, for nine of these meetings, the...
06/14/2018
This supplemental finding addressed whether the OMA violations found in Belmore v. Newport City Council, OM 18-13 were willful or knowing. After reviewing all the evidence presented, we found insufficient evidence of a willful or knowing violation. We concurred with the City Solicitor's contention...
06/08/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when the agenda for its September 11, 2017 meeting was insufficiently specific with respect to a sound variance and when the September 11, 2017 meeting minutes were insufficient and/or inaccurate. With respect to the alleged notice...
06/08/2018
An inmate incarcerated for life in prison requested the job applications of two correctional officers and after being denied certain information, namely the name of the elementary school or secondary school last attended, the type of high school, the highest and lowest salary for prior employment...
06/04/2018
The Cranston City Council violated the OMA when it referred a resolution, namely "No Guns in Schools" to the Ordinance Committee, yet later in the meeting after the Complainant left the meeting decided not to forward this resolution to the Ordinance Committee.
06/04/2018
The Central Coventry Fire District violated the APRA when it failed to respond to the Complainant's APRA request dated September 18, 2017. The evidence revealed that the Complainant made an APRA request on September 15, 2017, which the Fire District responded to on September 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM. ...
06/04/2018
The Warwick School Committee violated the OMA when it discussed a non-noticed item in executive session. See Pontarelli v. Rhode Island Board Council on Elementary and Secondary Education et al., 151 A.3d 301 (R.I. 2016). More specifically, the School Committee discussed a recent Rhode Island...
05/15/2018
Complainant alleged that the City Council violated the OMA when it discussed the process for selecting a new councilmember outside of the public purview. Complainant also alleged that the interviews of candidates in executive session was improper. The submitted affidavits revealed that numerous...