State Government Press Releases

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05/12/2017
The Complainant alleged a violation based on the failure to timely respond within ten (10) business days, however, after review, this allegation was determined to be unfounded and a timely response was provided. Moreover, the Complainant alleged that other aspects of the public body's response...
04/28/2017
The Rhode Island Department of Education ("RIDE") did not violate the APRA since the evidence established that RIDE did not receive the Complainant's APRA request. While it was unclear why RIDE did not receive the Complainant's APRA request, the Complainant did not provide any rebuttal to...
04/28/2017
The Central Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") violated the OMA when it untimely filed three (3) of its meetings minutes on the Secretary of State's website. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(b)(2). With respect to the Complainant's allegation that the minutes for two (2) of its meetings did...
04/28/2017
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it withheld unfiled deposition transcripts. The City claimed it purchased the transcripts from a third party court reporter and, as such, considered them to be 'trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person,...
04/28/2017
The City did not violate the APRA when it exempted from public disclosure a videotape played at a public meeting depicting an assault on a private individual. The Complainant presented no evidence or argument that the public interest would be advanced through disclosure and R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)
04/28/2017
The Town Council did not violate the OMA as there was no evidence that a quorum of its members discussed outside the public purview (on June 7, 2016) the disclosure of a press release and/or a Resolution. Rather, the undisputed evidence revealed that the Town Clerk/Town Manager authorized the...
04/28/2017
The Complainant alleged the Newport Housing Authority and the Newport Development Corporation ("Authority and Corporation") violated the OMA when it did not post notice for its July 14, 2016 meeting. We found no violation since the Complainant did not provide any evidence that a meeting in fact...
04/28/2017
The Complainant challenges the City response that responsive e-mails were "overly redacted" and/or not provided. Of the 68 e-mails that were provided in a redacted manner, 63 of these e-mails were in the Complainant's possession prior to making the instant APRA request. Accordingly, it was...
04/28/2017
The City did not violate the APRA when it withheld disclosure of the "original" police narratives pertaining to a specific and identifiable death determined to be a suicide. While the City had disclosed the modified or updated narrative approximately two years ago, "the fact that 'an event is not...
04/28/2017
The City of Pawtucket did not violate the APRA when it withheld the audio recordings of two telephone calls placed to the Police Department by the complainant wherein the complainant accused a specific and identifiable person of committing a crime. Applying the balancing test, the identifiable...