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OM 17-04 Bruckner v. Lincoln School Committee No Violation

The Complainant alleged that the School Committee violated the OMA by improperly sharing her correspondence during executive session. The Complainant was unable to attend the meeting in question for unrelated reasons. The OMA provides that "[a]ny citizen or entity of the state who is aggrieved as a result of violations of the provisions of this chapter may file a complaint with the attorney general." R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-8(a); see also Graziano v. Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002) (Noting that the burden of demonstrating such a grievance is upon the party who seeks to establish standing to object). Here, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-8(a), and the standard established in Graziano, the Complainant did not demonstrate that she was "in some way disadvantaged or aggrieved" by the executive session discussion, and, as such, had no standing to object. Accordingly, we found no violation.

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