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OM 17-23 Poulin v. City of Central Falls - No Violation

The Complainant alleged the City of Central Falls ("City") violated the OMA when the notice for its May 15, 2017 meeting was not posted within a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting. The Complainant also alleged the City voted on the acceptance of all Budget Ordinances for fiscal year 2018, yet the agenda item was not sufficient. The Complainant attended the May 15, 2017 meeting. 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); Graziano v. Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002). Since the Complainant attended the meeting, she was not aggrieved by the alleged defect in the notice and as such, we found no violation.

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