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OM 20-05 Payette v. Scituate Town Council Violation Found

The Complainant alleged that the Town Council violated the OMA when an agenda item did not sufficiently specify the nature of the business to be discussed. The evidence indicated that the Town Council discussed and voted on the purchase of a new police vehicle as described in the agenda item but then also discussed and voted on the allocation of a smaller sum to effectuate the reassignment of police vehicles. Because the reassignment of police vehicles was not noticed on the agenda, we found that the Town Council violated the OMA. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-6(b). However, we did not find evidence of a willful or knowing violation, nor did we find injunctive relief appropriate. VIOLATION FOUND.

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