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OM 18-04 Paul v. Coventry Planning Commission No Violation

The Complainant alleged the Coventry Planning Commission ("Commission") violated the OMA when a quorum of the Commission met and discussed public business during the recess of one of its open meetings. Following the recess, the Commission Chairman announced that the Commission reached an agreement to continue the discussion and vote on a particular agenda item to a future meeting. Based upon this Department's review of the videotape, it appears that during the Commission's recess, although three (3) individuals spoke to the Chairman, for approximately fifteen (15) seconds, it did not appear that a discussion occurred amongst a quorum of the Commission members. R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-2. Additionally, we doubted that the subject-matter of this alleged meeting rescheduling a meeting fell within the ambit of the OMA. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(b)(1).

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