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PR15-16 Bath v. Rhode Island Office of Health and Human Services – No Violation

The Complainant alleged that EOHHS failed to comply with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-3(e) when it extended the time to respond to the two (2) APRA requests without providing a "particularized" explanation, and that EOHSS did not have "good cause" to extend the time to respond to a December 10, 2014 APRA request. We found no violations. While not determinative, there is no dispute that the December 18, 2014 correspondence did reference the subject-matter of the December 5, 2014 and December 10, 2014 APRA requests, and indicated additional time was required to allow staff to complete its search, retrieval, and production. Considering the volume, breadth, and sequence of the APRA requests, we have no doubt that this extension fell within the scope of the APRA.

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