State Government Press Releases

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04/23/2020
The Complainants alleged that the Department violated the APRA when it denied their requests for certain incident reports involving specifically identified individuals. It was undisputed that none of the reports resulted in an arrest. Based on our review, we concluded that the public interest in...
04/23/2020
Complainant alleged that the Council convened a meeting outside the public purview related to placing an employee on administrative leave and that an email from the Town Solicitor to the Council constituted a "rolling quorum." Based on the undisputed evidence, there was no evidence a quorum of the...
04/23/2020
The Complainant alleged the Department violated the APRA by failing to provide him with the entire police report and associated documents related to an incident where a minor child was arrested. Our in camera review of the requested police records confirmed that they fall within the purview...
04/23/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA by failing to answer his request for the definition of the term "unknown," as that term was used in documents previously provided by the City. We determined this did not constitute a violation because the APRA does not mandate that a public...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged that the School Department violated the APRA by withholding two documents responsive to his request for certain final actions taken with respect to investigative processes. This Office determined that it was permissible for the School Department to withhold one responsive...
04/14/2020
Complainant alleged that the Board violated the APRA when it denied his request for a transcript of a public hearing. The Board asserted it purchased the transcript from a third-party stenographer and, as such, it constituted "trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged that the School Department violated the APRA by not responding to his APRA request. The undisputed evidence revealed that the School Department did timely respond to his APRA request but that the email response went to the Complainant's spam email folder. We thus found no...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Commission violated the APRA when it provided a letter without attachments. We found that the Commission did not violate the APRA because the request did not specify that it sought attachments and the undisputed evidence established that the Commission provided a...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA when a quorum of its members engaged in a collective discussion over social media, specifically Facebook, outside of a properly noticed public meeting. Based on the totality of the evidence, we concluded that the evidence did not...
04/14/2020
The Complainant alleged the Department violated the APRA when it denied his request for unredacted legal bills and invoices from a law firm engaged to represent the Department. Based upon the evidence presented, the Department provided the requested invoices to the Complainant with limited...