State Government Press Releases

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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...
06/08/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when the agenda for its September 11, 2017 meeting was insufficiently specific with respect to a sound variance and when the September 11, 2017 meeting minutes were insufficient and/or inaccurate. With respect to the alleged notice...
06/08/2018
An inmate incarcerated for life in prison requested the job applications of two correctional officers and after being denied certain information, namely the name of the elementary school or secondary school last attended, the type of high school, the highest and lowest salary for prior employment...
06/04/2018
The Cranston City Council violated the OMA when it referred a resolution, namely "No Guns in Schools" to the Ordinance Committee, yet later in the meeting after the Complainant left the meeting decided not to forward this resolution to the Ordinance Committee.