State Government Press Releases

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10/05/2018
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to provide a 2017 version of a particular document. Because the Complainant already had the 2017 document responsive to his request, we investigated whether the Complainant's allegations represented a knowing and willful, or...
10/05/2018
The Complainant alleged the North Kingstown School Bond Subcommittee ("Subcommittee") violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") when its members met without providing public notice for its meetings. This Department found that the group described by the Complainant as a "Subcommittee" was not a "...
09/24/2018
The complainant alleged the Fire District violated the APRA by failing to post its APRA procedures on its website. Because the Fire District's website presently contains its APRA procedures, this Department determined that injunctive relief was not appropriate. Also, there was no evidence of a...
08/30/2018
This supplemental finding addressed whether the OMA violation found in Langseth v. Air Service Development Council, OM 18-10 was willful or knowing. After reviewing all the evidence presented, we found insufficient evidence of a willful or knowing violation. The Council's actions did not indicate...
08/22/2018
The Complainant alleged that the MBRTF violated the APRA by withholding a responsive document and violated the OMA by improperly discussing items during executive sessions, insufficiently specifying the litigation discussed on meeting agendas, and failing to timely submit meeting minutes to the...
08/22/2018
The Town of North Smithfield ("Town") violated the APRA when it denied the Complainant's request to view a financial report, claiming it was an exempt correspondence to an elected official in his official capacity, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(M). This Department determined that the...
08/22/2018
This supplemental finding addressed whether the APRA violations found in Hicks v. Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, PR 17-14 were willful and knowing, or reckless. After reviewing all the evidence presented, and although a close question, we found insufficient evidence of a...
08/20/2018
The Complainant filed an anonymous complaint asking this Office to file a lawsuit for alleged violations of the APRA and seeking injunctive relief. While R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(j) provides that a public body shall not require, "as a condition of fulfilling a public records request, that a person...
08/20/2018
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it disclosed a requested list of condemned properties but redacted the street numbers of the properties. After weighing the public interest in disclosure against any privacy interests, we found that there was a public interest in...