Peter Palumbo

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The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday fined former state rep. Peter Palumbo $1,000 for a bidding on a state contract while serving as a lawmaker.

In 2013, Palumbo bid to operate food and other concessions at Roger Wheeler, Scarborough and Misquamicut state beaches. He was serving as a state rep from Cranston at the time.

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Former Cranston State Rep. Peter Palumbo pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges to embezzlement and filing a false document.

The arraignment in Providence District Court lasted about a minute. Wearing a white sweatshirt and jeans, Palumbo was led into the courtroom in handcuffs.

Palumbo, a Democrat, was arrested by State Police earlier in the day at his Cranston home.

Palumbo seeks to ban dogs on laps while driving

Jan 23, 2013

State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, a Democrat from Cranston, has introduced legislation that would ban drivers in Rhode Island from operating a vehicle with dogs on their laps.  The legislation would allow tickets to be issued at 85 dollars for a first offense, and up to 125 dollars for third and subsequent offenses. 

Palumbo hopes that the legislation will help curb auto accidents that are the result of distracted driving, likening it to texting and driving.  The legislation has been referred for to the House Judiciary Committee for review.