State of the State RI

Guest: William Felkner, Project Coordinator, CleanRI.org
Host: John Carlevale Time: 30 minutes
Felkner is project coordinator of CleanRI.org, an initiative to restore Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. This oversight was taken away by a RI Supreme Court decision in 2009. Felkner explains the history leading to this decision and its erosive effects. Recent examples of legislator misbehavior have strengthened the public’s call for ethics reform, which includes restoring Ethics Commission oversight of legislators. Bills intended to do so have languished in the general assembly. Felkner expresses optimism about the bill House Speaker Mattiello has introduced. Only time will tell if leadership is serious about such reform.

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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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