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8:45 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Bills Introduced To Curb Misuse Of Campaign Finances

Lawmakers hope to stem misuse of campaign finance with the introduction of two new bills.

Two bills meant to discourage the misuse of campaign accounts have cleared an initial hurdle at the General Assembly.  Efforts to restore the state Ethics Commission’s oversight of the legislature continue to languish.

Legislative committees have passed a bill requiring candidates to have a separate bank account for their campaign money. Another bill would make public officeholders file an annual bank statement to back up the information in their campaign spending reports.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Lawmakers To Consider Bill Allowing Terminally Ill Patients To Manage Their Own Deaths

State lawmakers have introduced controversial, so-called "right to die" legislation.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

A bill that would enable terminally ill patients to manage their own deaths with medication prescribed by a doctor is slated for a House Health, Education and Welfare Committee hearing Wednesday.

Companion House and Senate versions of the so-called "Death with Dignity" bill are named for former Senate minority leader Llia Sapinsley, who died at 92 last December.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, recapping another eventful week in Rhode Island. As always, your tips and feedback is welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Best wishes to my readers for Easter and Passover. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Roberts on Healthcare Spending, Executive Compensation, Marijuana & More

Elizabeth Roberts, secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about efforts to cut healthcare spending, whether nonprofit healthcare CEOs are paid too much, and other topics.

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RI News
8:03 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Former House Speaker, Gordon Fox, Disbarred

Gordon Fox and his attorney at his arraignment, after pleading guilty to charges of public corruption in March.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The State Supreme Court has disbarred former house Speaker Gordon Fox. Fox recently pleaded guilty to several counts of public corruption.

Fox acknowledged that he would lose his license to practice law when he accepted a plea deal for the corruption charges.  In March he pleaded guilty to charges of misspent campaign funds, and accepting a bribe for 52-thousand dollars.

In addition to losing his license and house seat, state education officials rescinded his honorary degree from his Alma Mater Rhode Island College.

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