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OM17-30 Apperson v. South Kingstown School Committee violation found

The South Kingstown School Committee violated the OMA when the members engaged in a "rolling" or "walking" quorum, which occurs when a majority of the members of a public body attain a quorum through a series of one-on-one conversations or interactions. These discussions concerned not only whether a particular member was "willing-to-serve," but also who would be the new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the School Committee. While these discussions occurred over a period of time and through a series of less-than-quorum meetings, in substance and result, they differed very little from the violation we found in The Valley Breeze v. Cumberland Fire District, OM 15-04 ("all members further attest that, albeit briefly, the topic of chairman and vice-chairman was also discussed").

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