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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
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 violated the APRA when it withheld a particular police incident report under R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(D). Based on our in camera review of the document, we observed that the incident report contained sensitive personal information about multiple individuals...
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...
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
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
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 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 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...
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...