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OM 19-04 Bower and Angell v. Scituate Town Council - Violation

Complainants alleged that the Scituate Town Council violated the OMA at its September 20, 2018 meeting by voting to freeze the funds of the Land Trust and Conservation Commission without providing proper notice. This Office determined that the Town Council violated the OMA because the agenda item did not sufficiently specify the nature of the business to be discussed. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). There was no evidence the Town Council willfully or knowingly violated the OMA. Additionally, injunctive relief was not appropriate because the Town Council subsequently voted to remove the freeze. VIOLATION FOUND.

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