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PR 16-20 GoLocal Prov v. City of Providence No Violation

The Complainant alleged that the City of Providence ("City") violated the APRA when it failed to provide responsive documents to the Complainant's APRA request. The City determined that the Complainant's APRA request asked for a "list" and "breakdown" of certain information, and the City maintained it did not have responsive documents to that request. After thoroughly reviewing the Complainant's APRA request, this Department concluded that the City did not violate the APRA because the Complainant's APRA request could reasonably be interpreted to ask for a "list" and "breakdown" of certain information. Under R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(h), no public body is required to create lists that do not exist at the time of the ARPA request. See also Direct Action for Rights & Equality v. Gannon, 713 A.2d 218, 225 (R.I. 1998).

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