State of the State RI

Guests: William Felkner, Project Coordinator, CleanRI.org
Margeret Kane, President, Operation Clean Government, ocgri.org
Host: John Carlevale Time: 30 minutes
Newly established CleanRI.org represents an initiative to restore RI Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. What we know now as the RI Ethics Commission was a product of the 1986 Constitutional Convention. In 2009 a RI Supreme Court opinion concluded that the “speech in debate clause” of the RI Constitution gave immunity to legislators on matters relating to their legislative actions and thereby it diminished the power of Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. The history leading to this court decision and the goals of CleanRI.org are discussed.

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State of the State is a public access television show produced in Rhode Island. Its purpose is to promote, in a non-partisan manner, the civic awareness of the general public; to promote greater civic participation and the exercise of political citizenship…


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State of the State is a public access television show produced in Rhode Island. Its purpose is to promote, in a non-partisan manner, the civic awareness of the general public; to promote greater civic participation and the exercise of political citizenship by using the television show as a means to educate and to inform the public.

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