State Government Press Releases

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07/21/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council engaged in a discussion outside the public purview related to how the five Town Council members would vote regarding the 2021 town budget. Based on the undisputed evidence, including the affidavits of the five Town Council members, we did not find...
07/21/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA by (1) withholding certain dispatch records pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D), "to prevent the disclosure of information which (a) could reasonably be expected to interfere with investigations of criminal activity or with enforcement...
07/21/2020
Complainant alleges that the Authority violated the OMA when it failed to timely post minutes of its meetings on the Secretary of State's website since March 28, 2019. The Authority conceded that its minutes for meetings occurring after March 28, 2019 were not timely posted on the Secretary of...
07/21/2020
The Complainant alleged the Department violated the APRA when it stated that it did not have a document responsive to Complainant's request for certain information related to a proposed budget. The Department provided a link to the Department's Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Proposed Budget for the...
07/21/2020
The Complainant alleged the Town Council violated the OMA when an agenda item for its November 18, 2019 meeting failed to specify the nature of the business to be discussed with regard to the renewal of a certain business's liquor license. This Office determined that the subject agenda item did...
07/21/2020
The Complainant proffered several allegations that that the Town violated the APRA in connection with two (2) APRA requests he submitted. Based on the totality of the evidence before us, we found that the Town violated the APRA with respect to one of Complainant's allegations, namely, that the...
07/21/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA by having an insufficiently specific agenda for its February 10, 2020 meeting. Specifically, the Complainant argued that the agenda items "President's Comments" and "District One Update by Councilwoman Dickson" did not sufficiently...
06/09/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it withheld two internal affairs reports. Based on the record, including our in camera review of the two withheld reports, we conducted the balancing test for both reports, considering the privacy and public interests implicated by...
06/09/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City Council violated the OMA by discussing "CVS and legislation relating to it" without those items being properly noticed on the meeting agenda. We reviewed the record, including video of the meeting, and determined that the Council did not discuss business...
06/09/2020
The Complainants alleged the Town violated the APRA based on the Town's prepayment estimate for search, retrieval, and review of certain potentially responsive documents; the Town withholding certain records pursuant to the client/attorney exemption; and the Town claiming that no responsive...