- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Manville Fire Department must pay $1,500 for failing to reply to a public-records request within the statutory time.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Tuesday that his office had reached a settlement with the department. Kilmartin filed the lawsuit in 2014 after Daniel DesMarais complained that his request had gone unanswered.

Kilmartin says the fire department had asked for an extension to the statutory 10-day deadline to respond to the request, but never fulfilled the request. Kilmartin says he found the violation was “willful and knowing,” prompting the lawsuit.

Public agencies must respond to public-records requests within 10 business days under state law. An agency may extend the time period an additional 20 business days if necessary.

A message left with the fire department was not immediately returned.

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