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OM 18-09 Langseth v. Rhode Island Commerce Corporation No Violation

The Complainant alleged the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation ("Corporation") violated the OMA when it untimely posted minutes on the Secretary of State's website for numerous meetings. 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); see also Graziano v. Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002). Here, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-8(a), and the standard established in Graziano, the Complainant provided no indication that he was aggrieved during the time period when the meeting minutes should have been posted but were not. In fact, the Complainant informed this Department that he did not have a specific interest in any of the subject meetings. As such, the Complainant had no standing to object and accordingly, we found no violation.

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