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OM 13-27 Common Cause v. I-195 Redevelopment District Commission (violation)

The OMA requires that all public bodies "shall give supplemental written public notice of any meeting within a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours before the date" of the meeting. R.I. Gen. Laws ยง 42-46-6(b). The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission violated the OMA when it posted notice on the Secretary of State's website for its July 8, 2013 meeting, scheduled for 5:00 p.m., on July 8, 2013, at 9:47 a.m. When the Commission posted its notice on the morning of July 8, 2013 for a meeting later that day, the Commission knew or should have known that its posting failed to comply with the OMA. Before reaching a conclusion on whether the Commission knowingly or willfully violated the OMA, we will allow the Commission ten (10) business days to address this issue. A supplemental finding will follow.

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