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Will restoring the R.I. Ethics Commission’s power change how business is done on Smith Hill?

Posted 6/7/10

While it certainly is not a done deal, legislation that would restore the R.I. Ethics Commission’s ability to investigate and prosecute members of the General Assembly – taken away in large measure by the R.I. Supreme Court a year ago – passed the House last week.

If the commission is restored to a role that many believe was the voter’s intent, will the public view the legislature in a different light?

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dsylvestre@lighthousecs.com

RI'ers being so negative about the potential to enforce high ethical standards in the gen assembly is a big part of the problem. If most of the RI business community thinks the legislators will "just get around the rules" without or without an empowered Ethics Commission, then why will the gen assembly pass this law? Businesses should demand that it passes and insist on enforcement. Who said it?: "The people always get the government they deserve" It you'd don't expect honest government, dont be too surprised by what you get.

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