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OM 19-15 In re: Woonsocket Renewable Energy Committee - Violation Found

This Office opened an investigation into whether the Woonsocket Renewable Energy Committee ("Committee") failed to post meeting minutes for several meetings. The Committee acknowledged its failure to post meeting minutes for its January 11, 2018, June 26, 2018, October 9, 2018, and February 8, 2019 meetings. This conduct violated the OMA. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-7(d). We determined that injunctive relief was not appropriate because the Committee had since posted the meeting minutes. Additionally, this Office determined that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the violations were willful or knowing, but admonished the Committee that its conduct violated the OMA and may serve as evidence of a willful or a knowing violation in any similar future situation. VIOLATION FOUND

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