State Government Press Releases

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09/26/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Office of the Child Advocate ("OCA") violated the APRA when it failed to respond to her APRA request and when it failed to establish written procedures regarding access to public records. The OCA conceded that it failed to respond to Complainant's APRA request...
09/26/2019
Complainants alleged that the Jamestown Board of Canvassers ("Board") violated the OMA when it met outside the public purview to discuss suggesting that a certain entity attempt to "cure" signatures submitted in a petition drive. The Board conceded that a string of conversations between certain...
09/26/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Westerly Town Council ("Town Council") violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") when it met outside the public purview on or before November 26, 2018 for the purpose of selecting the president of the Town Council. The submitted evidence established that three of the...
09/26/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Pascoag Fire District ("Fire District") failed to timely post meeting minutes for two meetings. The Fire District acknowledged its failure to post meeting minutes for its December 10, 2018 and January 14, 2019 meetings. This conduct violated the OMA. See R.I. Gen....
08/23/2019
Complainant, who is a member of the School Committee, alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA by not permitting him to attend an executive session of a Subcommittee of which he is not a member. This Office determined that nothing within the OMA requires the School Committee (or for that...
08/23/2019
This Office opened an investigation into whether the Saylesville Fire District ("Fire District") failed to post meeting minutes for several meetings. The Fire District acknowledged its failure to post meeting minutes for its December 13, 2018, January 10, 2019, February 4, 2019, March 4, 2019, and...
08/23/2019
This Office opened an investigation into whether the Woonsocket Renewable Energy Committee ("Committee") failed to post meeting minutes for several meetings. The Committee acknowledged its failure to post meeting minutes for its January 11, 2018, June 26, 2018, October 9, 2018, and February 8,...
07/01/2019
Complainant alleged that the City Council violated the OMA by listing an agenda item, "Legislative Report," that did not provide adequate notice of the specific persons, bills, or subject matters that would be discussed. This Office determined that the City Council violated the OMA because the...
07/01/2019
Complainant contended that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation ("RIDOT") violated the APRA when it failed to produce certain documents Complainant requested. This Office determined that RIDOT violated the APRA by failing to timely locate and produce a responsive document. This Office...
07/01/2019
Complainant alleged that Jamestown Board of Canvassers unilaterally ended discussion on an agenda item without taking a vote of the Board members who were present and that the chairperson decided to take no further action or vote on the matter at issue. This Office determined that the OMA was not...