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OM 17-18 Plunkett v. Westerly School Committee No Violation

The Complainant alleged the Westerly School Committee ("School Committee") violated the OMA when the Chairman of the School Committee read a statement during the Public Comment section of one of its meeting, yet there was no item on the agenda indicating the statement would be read. Consistent with R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-8(a) and the standard established in Graziano v. Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002), we concluded that the Complainant did not demonstrate that he was in some way disadvantaged or aggrieved by the School Committee's allegedly deficient notice. The burden of demonstrating such a grievance is upon the party who seeks to establish standing to object to the notice. This failure to sufficiently articulate how the alleged deficient posting disadvantaged him individually was fatal to his claim. The Complainant was not aggrieved and therefore had no standing to bring this allegation.

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