§ 42-46-1 Public policy
§ 42-46-2 Definitions
§ 42-46-3 Open meetings
§ 42-46-4 Closed meetings
§ 42-46-5 Purposes for which meeting may be closed — Use of electronic communications — Judicial proceedings — Disruptive conduct
§ 42-46-6 Notice
§ 42-46-7 Minutes
§ 42-46-8 Remedies available to aggrieved persons or entities
§ 42-46-9 Other applicable law
§ 42-46-10 Severability
§ 42-46-11 Reported violations
§ 42-46-12 Notice of citizen’s rights under this chapter
§ 42-46-13 Accessibility for persons with disabilities
§ 42-46-14 Burden of proof

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 42-46

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Executive session: A portion of the Senate's daily session in which it considers executive business.
  • in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Meeting: means the convening of a public body to discuss and/or act upon a matter over which the public body has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advisory power. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-2
  • Open call: means a public announcement by the chairperson of the committee that the meeting is going to be held in executive session and the chairperson must indicate which exception of § 42-46-5 is being involved. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-2
  • Open forum: means the designated portion of an open meeting, if any, on a properly posted notice reserved for citizens to address comments to a public body relating to matters affecting the public business. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-2
  • person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Public body: means any department, agency, commission, committee, board, council, bureau, or authority, or any subdivision thereof, of state or municipal government or the board of directors of any library that funded at least twenty-five percent (25%) of its operational budget in the prior budget year with public funds, and shall include all authorities defined in § 42-35-1. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-46-2
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • town: may be construed to include city; the words "town council" include city council; the words "town clerk" include city clerk; the words "ward clerk" include clerk of election district; the words "town treasurer" include city treasurer; and the words "town sergeant" include city sergeant. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-9
  • United States: include the several states and the territories of the United States. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-8