State Government Press Releases

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11/02/2017
The Complainant alleged that the Fire District violated the APRA when it withheld a tape recording of a public meeting pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(K) as a "draft[.]" Because the tape recording contained no mental impressions and did not otherwise fall within Exemption (K), we found that...
11/02/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City of Warwick violated the APRA when, after he paid the fee associated with his APRA request, the City informed him it would take an additional five (5) to seven (7) days to produce the copies. The Complainant alleged that period of time was unreasonable. The...
11/02/2017
The Complainant alleged the City violated the APRA when it improperly denied her APRA request wherein she sought fourteen (14) calendar dates, all of which were prospective in nature, of one particular City Solicitor. We concluded these calendar entries would show precisely where and when this...
10/18/2017
Complainant alleged that the Committee improperly convened into executive session and failed to post notice for a City Council meeting. We found, consistent with our numerous prior findings, that the Committee's executive session interviews were permissible under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1)....
10/18/2017
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to respond to his APRA request. The uncontroverted evidence indicated that the City had timely requested an extension. Similar to Koutsogiane v. Cumberland Fire District, PR 16-40, while the Complainant had received the City's...
10/18/2017
The City violated the APRA when it provided an estimate for search and retrieval that this Department determined was not reasonably calculated and violated the APRA. The City was directed to perform the search and retrieval and provide the responsive (but redacted where appropriate) documents...
10/16/2017
The Complainant alleged the Narragansett Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly denied his request for a specific incident report that did not culminate in an arrest. The APRA request implicated R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(c), which exempts from public disclosure records...
10/13/2017
The Complainant alleged the Cranston Police Department violated the APRA when it improperly denied his request for a specific incident report that did not culminate in an arrest. The APRA request implicated R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D)(c), which exempts from public disclosure records maintained...
10/12/2017
Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it charged prepayment for documents responsive to his APRA request. We found that the City properly charged for matters fairly within the ambit of search and retrieval, as permitted by R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-4(b). We also noted that the City...
10/10/2017
The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when, pursuant to the balancing test, it redacted individuals' names on invoices of temporary contracted workers. We found a public interest through the Complainant's personal knowledge and objective facts indicating that disclosure of the...