State Government Press Releases

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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...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his public records request. The City acknowledged that it failed to do so but explained that the request email was mistakenly deleted as suspected spam. Once the City became aware of the mistake, it responded to...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it withheld requested executive session minutes and failed to formally respond to two of his public records requests. We found that the Town permissibly withheld the sealed executive session minutes under the APRA's exemption for sealed...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Association violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his records request. We found that the Association is a private volunteer organization made up of football coaches from both public and private schools. Crucially, there was no evidence that the Association...
03/18/2020
In PR 20-07, this Office determined that the City violated the APRA by withholding in its entirety a police report related to an officer-involved shooting death. We directed the City to disclose the report and its attachments to the Complainant, subject to certain permissible redactions discussed...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged that the Housing Authority failed to provide unofficial meeting minutes and failed to properly post notice of the meeting. The undisputed evidence indicated that the Housing Authority failed to make unofficial meeting minutes available within thirty-five days of a meeting,...
03/18/2020
The City requested that we reconsider our October 28, 2019 finding in Farinelli v. City of Pawtucket, PR 19-17, in which we determined that the City violated the APRA by withholding the "city or town of residence" of City police officers. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(A)(b). We reaffirm our prior...
03/18/2020
The Complainant alleged the School Committee violated the APRA when it improperly redacted certain information on an invoice for legal services. The undisputed evidence demonstrated that the School Committee provided Complainant with the unredacted invoice as he requested. As such, any request for...
03/18/2020
Complainant alleged that the Board failed to post official or approved minutes on the Secretary of State's website for two meetings within 35 days of those meetings. The Board conceded that it did not timely file its minutes. Accordingly, the Board violated the OMA. We did not find injunctive...
03/18/2020
Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when the agenda for its January 15, 2020 meeting was posted on the Secretary of State's website less than 48 hours before the meeting. The Town Council conceded that it failed to timely post the meeting. Accordingly, the Town Council...