State Government Press Releases

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07/05/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the OMA when two meetings occurred outside the public purview and when she was instructed that she "need not" attend a public meeting. With respect to the first alleged meeting, we found no violation because there was no evidence that any of...
07/05/2018
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the OMA when it formed a stakeholder group that met or will meet outside the public purview. The uncontroverted evidence demonstrated that no meeting of the stakeholders group had occurred. Therefore, the OMA was not implicated. Furthermore, based on...
07/05/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Fire Department violated the APRA when it denied his request for documents on the grounds that they did not exist. The Complainant alleged that the documents did exist. We found that the Complainant's request unequivocally sought completed forms. Since no completed...
07/05/2018
The Complainant alleged that the RIIL failed to respond to his requests for documents. The RIIL maintained that they are not a "public body" under the APRA. In determining whether the RIIL is a "public body" pursuant to the APRA, we found that the RIIL is not "acting on behalf of and/or in place of"
06/26/2018
Because the subject-matter of this Complaint is the same subject-matter of a lawsuit pending in the Rhode Island Superior Court by the Complainant, this Office dismissed the Complaint filed with this Office since it is duplicative with the lawsuit that has already been filed.
06/26/2018
Because the subject-matter of this Complaint is the same subject-matter of a lawsuit pending in the Rhode Island Superior Court by the Complainant, this Office dismissed the Complaint filed with this Office since it is duplicative with the lawsuit that has already been filed.
06/15/2018
The Complainant alleged the Exeter Town Council ("Town Council") violated the OMA when its agenda did not sufficiently inform the public of the nature of the business to be discussed. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). Based on our review of the agenda and the open session minutes, we found...
06/15/2018
The Town of Exeter ("Town") did not violate the APRA when the evidence revealed that the Complainant's APRA request was made to a member of a public body. The request was personally directed to a Town Council member. The Councilor by himself is not a public body. As such, the Complainant's APRA...
06/14/2018
The complainant alleged that the Board of Elections filed its official/approved minutes on the Secretary of State's website in an untimely manner for fourteen meetings. Several of these meetings were cancelled or did not constitute meetings. In addition, for nine of these meetings, the...
06/14/2018
This supplemental finding addressed whether the OMA violations found in Belmore v. Newport City Council, OM 18-13 were willful or knowing. After reviewing all the evidence presented, we found insufficient evidence of a willful or knowing violation. We concurred with the City Solicitor's contention...