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PR 20-15 Thompson v. Town of North Kingstown Violation found

The Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it withheld requested executive session minutes and failed to formally respond to two of his public records requests. We found that the Town permissibly withheld the sealed executive session minutes under the APRA's exemption for sealed executive session minutes. Although we credited the Town's attempt to determine whether the requested executive session meeting minutes could be unsealed and provided to the Complainant, we found that the Town did not formally deny two of the Complainant's requests in writing. This violated the APRA. See R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7(a). We did not find evidence of a willful and knowing, or reckless, violation. VIOLATION FOUND

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