|Submitted||Feb. 23, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:
The full text of the last 10 public records requests made to your office's antitrust division--or where the antitrust division had to be brought in for the response--as well as the responses that your office made to those requests, in their entirety.
This requester is a journalist working for a news organization accredited by the U.S. Congress, and documents in response to this request will be made publicly available. As such, I request that all fees be waived and that the request be processed expeditiously.
I prefer the request filled electronically, such as by e-mail attachment or web download link, and that any communication to this request be made in direct reply to this one, via the same communication method. Please inquire if you need another method of document transmission.
Thank you in advance for your assistance. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within (10) business days, as your statute requires.
The Capitol Forum
VIA EMAIL ONLY
Dear Mr. Smith:
Your Access to Public Records Act (“APRA”) Request has been forwarded to me for response. By email dated February 23, 2017, you seek access to:
“[t]he full text of the last 10 public records requests to your office’s antitrust division – or where the antitrust division had to be brought in for the response – as well as the responses that your office made to those requests, in their entirety.”
Please be advised that this Department does not possess any responsive documents responsive to your APRA request and, as such, none can be provided. See R.I. Gen. Laws §38-2-3(h).
This decision can be appealed pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8.
Very truly yours,
Lisa A. Pinsonneault | Special Assistant Attorney General
The State of Rhode Island | Office of the Attorney General
150 South Main Street | Providence, RI - 02903
Office: +1 401 274 4400 | Ext:2297
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Hi Lisa. Thank you for your sincere response.
I am however at liberty to ask how you interpreted my request. Say for example that you did not have an express organizational "division" of your office working on antitrust issues. In that case, I would ask you to interpret my request to be about any work your office has done on antitrust issues. And if you searched your records requests in the past for those dealing with antitrust issues, how far back did you search?
Thank you for your attention.
We are at liberty to say we don’t have an antitrust division and I spoke to the person who handles APRA requests since 1999 and the person who would handle any antitrust division work since 2003 and neither has any knowledge of any responsive requests.
That's all I needed. Thank you very much, Ms. Pinsonneault.