State Government Press Releases

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06/10/2019
Complainants alleged that the Scituate Town Council violated the OMA at its September 20, 2018 meeting by voting to freeze the funds of the Land Trust and Conservation Commission without providing proper notice. This Office determined that the Town Council violated the OMA because the agenda item...
06/10/2019
The Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA by discussing her employment contract in executive session at its July 16, 2018 meeting without providing her notice and an opportunity to have the discussion occur in open session. The School Committee provided an affidavit from...
06/10/2019
The Complainant alleged the Police Department violated the APRA by failing to respond to two APRA requests for a police report related to his arrest, by denying a third APRA request for that police report, and by failing to timely respond to his administrative appeal. This Office concluded that...
06/10/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Woonsocket Planning Board violated the OMA by voting to hire an attorney to provide a legal opinion because the meeting agenda only stated that the Board would discuss hiring an attorney. This Office determined that the Board violated the OMA by failing to provide...
04/19/2019
Through its Solicitor, the City of Central Falls ("Complainant") filed a Complaint alleging that the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation ("Corporation") violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") in relation to an emergency meeting of the Corporation Board of Directors ("Board") that...
04/10/2019
The Complainant alleged that the City of Providence ("City") violated the APRA by providing a prepayment estimate that underestimated the actual time required for search and retrieval and by subsequently providing an amended prepayment estimate that pertained to only a portion of the requested...
04/10/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Town of Westerly ("Town") violated the OMA when the Town improperly convened into executive session to discuss the sale of Town property. Based on the undisputed evidence, including an in camera review of the executive session minutes, we found no evidence that the...
04/02/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Town of West Warwick ("Town") violated the Access to Public Records Act ("APRA") when it failed to respond to his request for records within the ten business days required under the APRA. This Office determined that the Town's assertion that another entity...
03/28/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Town of East Greenwich ("Town") violated the APRA when the Town requested an additional twenty (20) business days to respond to his APRA request. We concluded based on the undisputed evidence that the Town's extension was timely and was based on reasons particular...
03/28/2019
The Complainant alleged that the City of Providence ("City") violated the APRA when the City stated it did not maintain records responsive to his request. The City provided undisputed evidence in affidavit form that it did not maintain the requested records. Accordingly, we found that the City did...