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PR 15-34 Access/Rhode Island v. Town of Scituate Violation found

Even though Access/Rhode Island did not have standing to file this complaint, we reviewed this complaint consistent with this Department's independent statutory authority as described in West Warwick School Department, PR 15-23. Access/Rhode Island alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it failed to provide APRA certification forms to this Department evidencing APRA training pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3.16 and when it failed to promulgate and post APRA procedures on its website. The evidence suggested that the Town Clerk may have had prior APRA training, yet failed to submit an APRA training certification form to this Department. Moreover, although the evidence demonstrated that the Town had promulgated an APRA form and procedure, and that the Town's APRA form was posted to its website, the Town acknowledged that its APRA procedures were not posted to its website. As best as could be determined, this omission appeared to be the result of an information technology error since the APRA form had been posted, but not the APRA procedures. These violations were remedied.

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