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OM 18-07 / PR 18-07 Fernandes v. Foster Center Volunteer Fire Center No Violation

The Complainant alleged that the FCVFC violated the OMA by failing to post sufficient notice and failing to post sufficient and/or timely meeting minutes for numerous meetings. With respect to these OMA violations, Complainant provided no indication that these alleged defects specifically disadvantaged him, instead providing only conclusory assertions. Because bare assertions of interest are insufficient to demonstrate "aggrieved" status, we found that Complainant had not met his burden under the Graziano standard. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-8(a); see also Graziano v. Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002). We next addressed Complainant's allegation that the FCVFC failed to respond to his APRA request. The evidence indicated that the FCVFC is a separate and independent entity without an established agency relationship with any governmental entity. As such, we found that FCVFC is not a "public body" under the APRA. Therefore, we found no violations.

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