Rhode Island's State Properties Committee agrees to pay $5,000 for Open Meeting Act violation

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — State officials have reached a settlement with Rhode Island's State Properties Committee in a lawsuit over violations of the Open Meeting law.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Wednesday that the committee had agreed to pay $5,000 for failing to post the minutes of several meetings.

Kilmartin says former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block filed a complaint against the committee with the AG's office in 2014. Kilmartin says an investigation revealed that the committee had violated the Open Meeting law on five occasions. Kilmartin says his office found that the committee had committed a "willful or knowing" violation.

Kilmartin's office subsequently filed a lawsuit against the committee — which oversees the purchase, sale and use of state-owned property — last summer in Providence County Superior Court.

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