- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2020

PROVIDENCE (AP) - The Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s Office over access to the state Election Board’s new home.

Bob Cooper, the commission’s executive secretary, confirmed Friday that the complaint had been filed with the civil rights commissioner at the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Aug. 11, the Providence Journal reported.

Eleven complaints were raised in regard to the board’s new home in Cranston. The board moved from a state-owned, rent-free building in Providence and signed a 10-year, $5.5 million no-bid lease.

Attorney General Peter Neronha did not fine the board but issued a warning. The board must ensure it complies with the Open Meetings Act’s requirements and ensure there are not barriers hindering access to its meetings, Neronha said.

In a letter to Cooper, board lawyer Raymond Marcaccio wrote that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is working with the board to “reach a resolution regarding remedial measures.”



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