State Government Press Releases

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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...
03/28/2019
The Complainant alleged that the Nasonville Fire District Operating Committee ("NFD") violated the OMA when three of its seven members met with members of another fire district operating committee without providing notice of the meeting or posting the meeting agenda or meeting minutes. The...
12/31/2018
The Complainant alleged that the SOS violated the APRA when it produced the requested state voter list but withheld the days and months of voters' dates of birth. We first found that R.I. Gen. Laws 17-6-5 does not require disclosure of the full dates of birth. We next weighed the public interest...
12/27/2018
Complainant alleged that the SKSD violated the APRA when it withheld certain documents pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(M) and provided other documents with allegedly improper redactions. With respect to the withheld documents, the Complainant contended that the exemption contained at R.I....
12/24/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA by withholding certain documents, overcharging for produced documents, redacting signatures on produced documents, and demanding prepayment prior to search and retrieval. We found that the Town's responses to several categories of the APRA...
12/24/2018
The Complainant alleged the West Warwick Town Council ("Town Council") violated the OMA when it discussed items at a meeting that were not noticed on the agenda. More specifically, the Complainant alleged that numerous topics were discussed under the agenda item entitled "Ward Reports." Based on...