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OM15-03 Novak v. Western Coventry Fire District – Violation

The Complainant alleged the Western Coventry Fire District ("Fire District") violated the OMA when it failed to timely post its meeting minutes on the Secretary of State's website for eleven (11) of its meetings. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-7(b)(2). On June 11, 2014, this Department issued Novak v. Western Coventry Fire District, OM 14-24, wherein this Department found that the Fire District violated the OMA by failing to timely post its unofficial minutes on the Secretary of State's website for seven (7) meetings. Notwithstanding this actual notice, previously, by letter dated November 4, 2013, the Attorney General advised all Fire Districts that the OMA had been amended, effective July 2013, to include R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-7(b)(2)'s posting requirement – the precise requirement that we find the Fire District has violated. The Fire District shall have ten (10) business days to respond to this Department's concern that the violations are "willful or knowing." A supplemental finding will be issued.

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