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03/22/2018
Complainant alleged that the DPS violated the APRA when it failed to provide all responsive documents in its possession. Because the Complainant already had all documents responsive to his request, we investigated whether the Complainant's allegations represented a knowing and willful, or reckless,
03/22/2018
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to provide certain documents responsive to his request. Because the Complainant was already in possession of documents responsive to his request, we investigated whether the Complainant's allegations represented a knowing and...
03/14/2018
Complainant alleged that a quorum of the Town Council regularly met outside of scheduled Town Council meetings regarding public business. Based on the corroborated affidavits, we found no credible evidence that a quorum of the Town Council had met outside of the public purview. Instead, it...
03/14/2018
The Warwick School Department ("School Department") did not violate the APRA when it failed to respond to the Complainant's October 9, 2017 APRA request that he transmitted by email. The evidence appeared uncontradicted that the School Department did not receive the Complainant's electronic APRA...
03/06/2018
In Gill v. Tiverton Town Council, we found the Town Council violated the APRA when it claimed it did not maintain or possess the document the Complainant requested, namely a statement that Councilor Lebeau referred to at the July 10, 2 017 Town Council meeting. We directed Mr. Lebeau and/or the...
02/22/2018
The Exeter Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 sought an APRA advisory opinion concerning whether the Company is a "public body" subject to the APRA. Based on R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(1) and Reilly & Olneyville Neighborhood Association v. Providence Department of Planning and Development and/or...
02/20/2018
The Complainant alleged the Town of Westerly violated the APRA when it denied his request for "all public documents concerning the Master Agreement between the Town of Westerly, Rhode Island and Westerly Local #503, International Brotherhood of Police Officers July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019." The...
02/20/2018
The Complainant alleged the Coventry Planning Commission ("Commission") violated the OMA when a quorum of the Commission met and discussed public business during the recess of one of its open meetings. Following the recess, the Commission Chairman announced that the Commission reached an...
02/19/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Mayor's Advisory Council was a "public body" under the OMA and was meeting outside of the public purview. Based on Solas v. Emergency Hiring Council, 774 A.2d 820 (R.I. 2001) and Pontarelli v. Rhode Island Board Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, 151 A....
02/13/2018
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it twice produced the same document with slightly different spacing. We found that the Town timely responded to both of the Complainant's APRA requests by providing the requested document. The slightly different spacing was due to...