State Government Press Releases

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03/18/2020
Complainants alleged that the Department violated the APRA when it denied their requests for specific menus reflecting previously served inmate meals. The Department maintained that the menus were exempt from disclosure under exemption (F) as "security plans" and exemption (K) as "preliminary...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City Council violated the OMA when a working group convened outside the public purview. Based on the undisputed evidence, we found that no quorum of the City Council was present at the working group meeting and thus the OMA was not implicated with respect to the...
03/18/2020
Complainant alleged that the Council violated the OMA at its October 15, 2019 meeting when it improperly convened into executive session pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1) to discuss the Town Manager search without discussing the job performance, character, or physical or mental health of...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when it convened into executive session to discuss the disposition of property. The evidence indicated that the subject property was "publicly held property" within the meaning of R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(5) and that the Town Council'
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Fire District failed to post meeting notices that included the date the notice was posted for three meetings, and untimely filed meeting minutes for one meeting. The Fire District did not contest these allegations and we found that these actions violated the OMA....
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Board violated the OMA when it discussed his job performance during executive session at its April 9, 2019 meeting without prior notification to him pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1). It was undisputed that the Board did not provide the requisite notice to...
03/18/2020
The North Scituate Volunteer Fire Department #1 requested an advisory opinion regarding whether they are a "public body" under the APRA and the OMA. We concluded that the Department was a "public body" under the APRA but was not a "public body" under the OMA.
03/18/2020
The Complainant proffered several allegations that the Town violated the APRA in connection with his multi-part APRA request. The Complainant alleged that the Town "heavily redacted" a number of documents and failed to reference the particular APRA provision(s) upon which it relied in making the...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the OMA at its June 1, 2015 meeting when it voted to extend a Lease that was not listed on the agenda and when the minutes failed to indicate each Fire District member's individual vote. The undisputed evidence revealed that the Fire District...
01/29/2020
Complainant alleged the Governor's Office violated the APRA when it withheld documents responsive to its APRA request for documents related to the proposed extension of the IGT contract. Based on this Office's in camera review, we concluded that the Governor's Office properly withheld a number of...