State Government Press Releases

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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...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Committee's January 27, 2021 agenda item concerning the scheduling of a hearing regarding a proposed amendment to the Historic Overlay District Ordinance failed to fairly inform the public of the business to be discussed. Based on the record before us, including...
05/04/2021
Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it redacted firearm serial numbers in the documents it produced without citing a valid APRA exemption for those redactions. Based on the record before us, we determined that the City's initial response to the Complainant generally tracked the...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to timely and completely respond to his July 16, 2020 and July 17, 2020 APRA requests and failed to respond to his administrative appeal. The Town did not dispute that it failed to timely respond to the Complainant's APRA...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Council violated the OMA by improperly convening into executive session to discuss the disposition of the Tower Street property and because the agenda for the meeting did not explicitly give notice that the Council would be convening into executive session to...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged that the District improperly withheld a number of records in response to his APRA request. This Office previously issued a finding, PR 20-52, which set forth the relevant legal framework and concluded that the District permissibly withheld a number of documents. Our prior...
05/04/2021
The Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the APRA when it (1) withheld responsive documents; (2) failed to adequately cite a reason for the denial; (3) failed to provide the procedures for appealing the denial; and (4) failed to state that no portion of the withheld documents were...