Ethics Commission to consider Costantino case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state Ethics Commission will consider Tuesday whether to allow a departing state legislator to join the administration of Governor-elect Chafee.

House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Providence this year instead of seeking reelection as a state rep.

Chafee wants Costantino to join his administration as secretary of the Office of Health and Human Services. But Costantino first needs assurance he's not violating regulations barring legislators from accepting a state job for one year after they leave office.

Costantino contends the regulations don't apply to a department director position for the governor. And Chafee says Ethics Commission staffers tell him they're going to recommend a finding in Costantino's favor.

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