State Government Press Releases

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01/12/2018
Complainants alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when a rolling quorum occurred outside the public purview and when an agenda item on the Town Council's July 17, 2017 meeting failed to sufficiently specify "the nature of the business to be discussed." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). With...
01/12/2018
The Complainants allege that the Town Council violated the OMA when it voted to terminate their respective positions at its June 26, 2017 executive session meeting, yet the agenda was not specific enough to adequately information the public of the nature of the business to be discussed. The...
12/20/2017
The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation ("Corporation") violated the APRA when its pre-payment estimate was unreasonable. This Department concluded that the Corporation's response to the APRA request, as well as the affidavit submitted by the Corporation, conclusively...
12/20/2017
Complainant alleged that an agenda item on the Town Council's July 17, 2017 meeting failed to sufficiently specify "the nature of the business to be discussed." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). Consistent with Rhode Island Supreme Court precedent, we found that the agenda items "Adoption of 2017/2018...
12/11/2017
Legal counsel for the Town of Burrillville and the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review sought an OMA advisory opinion concerning the interpretation of the recently amended R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(d). The amendment provides that "[a]ll public bodies shall keep official and/...
12/05/2017
The Complainant alleged that the KHA violated the OMA during its April 3, 2017 meeting when it improperly convened into executive session to discuss the proposed sale of property. Specifically, the Complainant alleged that the KHA property was not "publicly held" pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-...
12/05/2017
This supplemental finding addressed whether Complainant's rebuttal altered our finding in Sullivan v. City of Newport, PR 17-38. We found that the Complainant's suggestion that the City should have responded in a narrative manner was not governed by the APRA and that the City's failure to do so...
11/27/2017
The Woonsocket City Council ("City Council") violated the OMA when it amended its agenda at one of its meetings to add an additional item, yet not only discussed this item, but also voted on this additional item. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). This Department found no evidence of a willful and...
11/21/2017
The Office of Attorney General filed a complaint in Rhode Island Superior Court citing the Town of North Kingstown for a reckless and/or willing and knowing violation of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) when the Town failed to respond in a timely manner in accordance with APRA to a March 15,
11/02/2017
Complainant alleged that the MBRTF violated the OMA after its July 19, 2017 meeting when it discussed MBRTF business in the parking lot. Although we were presented with conflicting narratives of what transpired in the parking lot on July 19, 2017, we found credible the five-time corroborated...