State Government Press Releases

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03/30/2018
Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when it changed an agenda item with less than forty-eight hours' notice and when an agenda item was insufficient. Because the Complainant did not provide any indication that the alleged violations specifically prevented her or other...
03/30/2018
Legal counsel for the South Foster Volunteer Fire Company ("SFVFC") sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning whether the SFVFC is a "public body" subject to the OMA. Based on Solas v. Emergency Hiring Council, 774 A.2d 820 (R.I. 2001) and Pontarelli v. Rhode Island Board Council on Elementary and...
03/30/2018
The Complainant alleged that the FCVFC violated the OMA by failing to post sufficient notice and failing to post sufficient and/or timely meeting minutes for numerous meetings. With respect to these OMA violations, Complainant provided no indication that these alleged defects specifically...
03/27/2018
The Office of Attorney General filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court citing the Tiverton Town Council and/or Randy Lebeau, in his individual and official capacity as a member of the Town Council, for a reckless and/or willing and knowing violation of the Access to Public Records Act (...
03/27/2018
The Office of Attorney General announced that the Town of North Kingstown has entered into a consent judgment acknowledging it violated the state's Access to Public Records Act (APRA) when it failed to provide a response to an APRA request filed by William Mudge dated March 15, 2017 as required by...
03/22/2018
Complainant alleged that the DPS violated the APRA when it failed to provide all responsive documents in its possession. Because the Complainant already had all documents responsive to his request, we investigated whether the Complainant's allegations represented a knowing and willful, or reckless,
03/22/2018
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to provide certain documents responsive to his request. Because the Complainant was already in possession of documents responsive to his request, we investigated whether the Complainant's allegations represented a knowing and...
03/14/2018
Complainant alleged that a quorum of the Town Council regularly met outside of scheduled Town Council meetings regarding public business. Based on the corroborated affidavits, we found no credible evidence that a quorum of the Town Council had met outside of the public purview. Instead, it...
03/14/2018
The Warwick School Department ("School Department") did not violate the APRA when it failed to respond to the Complainant's October 9, 2017 APRA request that he transmitted by email. The evidence appeared uncontradicted that the School Department did not receive the Complainant's electronic APRA...
03/06/2018
In Gill v. Tiverton Town Council, we found the Town Council violated the APRA when it claimed it did not maintain or possess the document the Complainant requested, namely a statement that Councilor Lebeau referred to at the July 10, 2 017 Town Council meeting. We directed Mr. Lebeau and/or the...