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PR 18-32 Nesi v. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Rhode Island Film & Television Office No Violation

Complainant alleged that the RISCA violated the APRA when it produced information responsive to his request but redacted information concerning the "Anticipated Amount of Motion Picture Tax Credit" pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(B). We observed that another statute R.I. Gen. Laws 44-31.2-6.1(f),(g) already governed the timing of disclosure of this information. Because the General Assembly has specifically indicated that motion picture tax credits become public after the tax credits have been received, and because at the time of the Complainant's request the tax credits had not yet been awarded, we found no violation. We found nothing in the APRA that upset the more-specific tax statute on this point.

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