Providence mayor to sign anti-corruption ordinances

Providence, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras fulfills two campaign pledges today with the signing of a pair of anti corruption ordinances.

Providence will become the first municipality in the state to require lobbyists to register, under terms of one of the ordinances being signed into law today by Taveras. The ordinance, spearheaded by retired Common Cause leader Phil West, calls for a publicly accessible database of city lobbyists.

The other ordinance allows the city to revoke or reduce an employee's pension in the absence of a criminal conviction. It was sparked by the case of retired police Captain John Ryan who was implicated in a police department cheating scandal. The supreme court ruled the current ordinance "ambiguous" and let him keep his pension.