State Government Press Releases

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02/22/2018
The Exeter Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 sought an APRA advisory opinion concerning whether the Company is a "public body" subject to the APRA. Based on R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(1) and Reilly & Olneyville Neighborhood Association v. Providence Department of Planning and Development and/or...
02/20/2018
The Complainant alleged the Town of Westerly violated the APRA when it denied his request for "all public documents concerning the Master Agreement between the Town of Westerly, Rhode Island and Westerly Local #503, International Brotherhood of Police Officers July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019." The...
02/20/2018
The Complainant alleged the Coventry Planning Commission ("Commission") violated the OMA when a quorum of the Commission met and discussed public business during the recess of one of its open meetings. Following the recess, the Commission Chairman announced that the Commission reached an...
02/19/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Mayor's Advisory Council was a "public body" under the OMA and was meeting outside of the public purview. Based on Solas v. Emergency Hiring Council, 774 A.2d 820 (R.I. 2001) and Pontarelli v. Rhode Island Board Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, 151 A....
02/13/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it twice produced the same document with slightly different spacing. We found that the Town timely responded to both of the Complainant's APRA requests by providing the requested document. The slightly different spacing was due to...
01/12/2018
Complainants alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when a rolling quorum occurred outside the public purview and when an agenda item on the Town Council's July 17, 2017 meeting failed to sufficiently specify "the nature of the business to be discussed." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). With...
01/12/2018
The Complainants allege that the Town Council violated the OMA when it voted to terminate their respective positions at its June 26, 2017 executive session meeting, yet the agenda was not specific enough to adequately information the public of the nature of the business to be discussed. The...
12/20/2017
The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation ("Corporation") violated the APRA when its pre-payment estimate was unreasonable. This Department concluded that the Corporation's response to the APRA request, as well as the affidavit submitted by the Corporation, conclusively...
12/20/2017
Complainant alleged that an agenda item on the Town Council's July 17, 2017 meeting failed to sufficiently specify "the nature of the business to be discussed." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). Consistent with Rhode Island Supreme Court precedent, we found that the agenda items "Adoption of 2017/2018...
12/11/2017
Legal counsel for the Town of Burrillville and the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning the interpretation of the recently amended R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(d). The amendment provides that "[a]ll public bodies shall keep official and/...