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OM 18-26 Mudge v. North Kingstown School Bond Subcommittee No Violation

The Complainant alleged the North Kingstown School Bond Subcommittee ("Subcommittee") violated the Open Meetings Act ("OMA") when its members met without providing public notice for its meetings. This Department found that the group described by the Complainant as a "Subcommittee" was not a "public body" subject to the OMA. Rather, the facts before this Department demonstrated that the "Subcommittee" was an informal group that gathered to discuss and share information about potential bonds for the school and the town. The group was established informally, did not meet regularly, and did not appear to have any authority. Moreover, though two of the group's participants were members of the town council and another two were members of the school committee, there was not a quorum of either the town council or the school committee when the group gathered. Accordingly, this Department found that the OMA did not apply.

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