Politics
8:34 am
Tue March 19, 2013

EthicsHeldHostage.com Protests Recent General Assembly Vote

RI House of Representatives
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A good government group has created a web site to protest what it calls the unprecedented wiping out of a legislative vote.

The move comes after the House Judiciary Committee voted last Wednesday to nullify an earlier vote to strengthen the state Ethics Commission.

Common Cause of Rhode Island created the EthicsHeldHostage.com web site to protest the move.

The Ethics Commission was created by voters as a government watchdog in 1986. But a state Supreme Court decision in 2009 stripped the Ethics Commission of its ability to police legislative behavior.

The House voted in 2010 to restore the Ethics Commission’s oversight of the General Assembly. But efforts to strengthen the commission haven’t been taken up since then in the state Senate.

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