State Government Press Releases

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09/16/2020
Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA when it failed to timely post minutes of its July 7, 2020 meeting on the Secretary of State's website. The School Committee conceded that its July 7, 2020 meeting minutes were not timely posted on the Secretary of State's website, and...
09/16/2020
Complainant alleges that the Board of Canvassers violated the OMA and the Governor's Executive Order when it held an in-person meeting on July 13, 2020 without providing adequate alternative means of public access. Likewise, the Complainant alleges the Municipal and Police Pension Boards held joint,
09/10/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when it convened a meeting using telephonic means on April 6, 2020 and the agenda items did not constitute an "essential purpose" within the meaning of the Governor's Executive Order 20-05. It is undisputed that the Executive Order...
09/10/2020
The Complainant alleged the Board violated the OMA when it held a March 3, 2020 meeting at a facility that did not comply with the OMA's accessibility requirements for persons with disabilities. The Board did not dispute that its Plainfield Pike property had accessibility barriers and did not...
09/02/2020
PR 20-60 Lamendola v. East Greenwich School District No violation The Complainant alleged the School Department violated the APRA when it denied his request for the April 9, 2019 School Committee executive session meeting minutes. The School Department provided undisputed evidence that the...
09/02/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Department violated the APRA when it failed to produce records regarding legal fees it incurred related to a specific matter and when, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(a) and 38-2-2(4)(B), it withheld a document related to a request for "the contract,...
09/02/2020
The Complainant submitted a ten-part APRA request to DEM and alleged that DEM violated the APRA when it: (1) untimely responded to certain requests; (2) withheld documents responsive to certain requests; (3) provided links to websites in response to certain requests rather than providing copies of...
08/28/2020
The Complainant alleged that the CFDFC violated the OMA by failing to provide access to a remote meeting on May 21, 2020. This Office found that the undisputed evidence established that the May 21, 2020 meeting was held remotely pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order and was accessible to the...
08/26/2020
The Complaint alleged that the Department violated the APRA by withholding all of the reports that were responsive to his request for several years of internal affairs reports. This Office did not find a violation at this time, but required the Department to re-apply the balancing test to the...
08/26/2020
The Complainant alleged the Town violated the APRA by: (1) failing to timely respond to the request; (2) failing to respond to the request for text messages; and (3) withholding responsive documents pursuant to the attorney-client relationship exemption. The Town did not dispute that it failed to...