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12/29/2014
The Complaint alleged that the Fire District committed numerous OMA violations ranging from 2004 to 2013, typically relating to maintaining open session minutes and the failure to articulate and record an open call. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(a); 42-46-4. This Department determined that the Fire...
12/16/2014
The Town denied Complainant's request for the resumes of the top five (5) individuals who applied for the position of Finance Director and the resume of the individual selected for that position, and the resumes of the top five (5) individuals who applied for the position of Director of Public...
12/10/2014
Complainant filed an APRA request seeking "all debts paid and owed due to negotiations with the Portsmouth Police Union to include legal fees, witnesses, actuary costs, etc." The Town responded by providing Complainant with numerical information and/or a narrative response and asserted that...
12/01/2014
Complainant submitted an APRA request to the Superintendent's Office requesting, among other documents, a copy of the Superintendent's evaluation. The Superintendent's Office denied access to the evaluation on the grounds that it was a "working paper," i.e., pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(
12/01/2014
Complainants submitted APRA requests to the Superintendent's Office for a copy of the Superintendent's evaluation. The Superintendent's Office denied the requests under the personal privacy exemption, i.e., pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(b). Due to the fact that the evaluation...
11/26/2014
The School Committee violated the OMA when a quorum of its members met on two (2) occasions outside the purview of the public to discuss business over which the School Committee has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advisory power." R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-2(a). A quorum of the School...
11/21/2014
The Warren Housing Authority violated the OMA by communicating via correspondence concerning public business. The evidence revealed that a letter was written and signed by one of the Housing Authority members. Although it appears no discussions amongst a quorum of the Housing Authority members...
11/19/2014
The Complainant alleged the Town Council convened into executive session under R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) for "litigation," but since all the parties to the litigation were present, the Complainant alleged the meeting should have occurred in open session. This Department concluded that the...
11/18/2014
The Manville Fire District violated the OMA when ten (10) of its meeting minutes were either not filed on the Secretary of State's website or were untimely filed. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-7(b)(2). The Fire District also violated the OMA because its 2014 annual notice is not posted on the...
11/12/2014
Based upon the present facts, the Office cannot conclude that the Newport Public Library is a public body as that term is defined in the APRA. The Library is not a public or private agency, person, partnership, corporation or business entity acting on behalf of and/or in place of any public agency,