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04/14/2020
This Office previously concluded that RIDOT violated the APRA when it failed to timely produce or exempt all documents responsive to Complainant's request. This Office issued a finding requiring RIDOT to provide any responsive documents it maintains at no cost, describe its search efforts, and...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it withheld documents responsive to his APRA request for records related to certain real property. This Office concluded that the City violated the APRA when its initial response to Complainant's request did not provide any specific reasons...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his request. The City acknowledged the error, noting that a City employee mistakenly deleted the email from a "John Doe" thinking it was spam. However, the City made the undisputed assertion that once it became...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged the Board violated the OMA when several items on the agenda for its January 13, 2020 meeting failed to specify the nature of the business to be discussed. This Office determined that the pertinent agenda items did not adequately inform the public of the business to be...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when it convened into executive session without listing the executive session on the agenda. The undisputed evidence indicated that the Town Council listed the executive session items on its agenda. We found no violation.
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged EOHHS violated the APRA when it sought a twenty (20) business day extension to respond to Complainant's APRA request. The Complainant did not refute EOHHS's assertion that his initial APRA request was broader than the documents Complainant specifically sought in his...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged that the RIAC violated the APRA when it withheld a legal opinion drafted by RIAC's outside counsel. We found that the document an attorney-drafted legal memorandum providing legal advice to the client, RIAC was permissibly exempted under R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(...
04/14/2020
Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it denied his request for Police and Fire candidate ranking lists pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(L). Based on our in camera review of the ranking lists, we determined that the lists did not fall within Exemption L and that the City...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged the School Committee violated the OMA on February 4, 2020 when it provided school tours to potential custodial vendors that constituted a rolling quorum pertaining to a new custodial contract. The undisputed evidence revealed that the February 4 "meeting" was a mandatory pre-
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Foundation violated the OMA by failing to post notice and agendas on the Secretary of State's website for several meetings. Guided by Rhode Island Supreme Court precedent, we concluded based on the totality of the evidence that the Foundation is not a public body...