The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote this Tuesday on a top state official’s nomination to be a Superior Court judge. Richard Licht currently heads the state Department of Administration.
Governor Lincoln Chafee nominated Licht for the judicial post last month. If confirmed, Licht will take the place of retired Superior Court judge Judith Savage and earn close to 150-thousand dollars a year.
Licht has a long record in public life in Rhode Island. He previously served as a state senator and lieutenant governor, and his uncle, Frank Licht, beat Chafee’s father, John Chafee, in the 1968 race for governor.
The state Ethics Commission ruled that Licht isn’t subject to a one-year prohibition on current state employees moving into judicial positions. Licht argued the revolving-door rule didn’t apply to him since being a department head is different from being a Cabinet official.
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