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Gorham bill would vet legislative grants

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From the House Republicans:

State House- The House Finance Committee will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 22 to consider legislation (H 7627) that would establish more stringent public disclosure requirements for all legislative grants.  The meeting will take place at 1pm in room 35 of the State House. 

 

The legislation sponsored by Representative Nicholas Gorham (R-Dist. 40 Foster, Glocester, Coventry) calls for the inclusion of all legislative grants in the state budget.  Also required would be the grant recipient’s name, a contact person for the grant recipient, the sponsoring legislator, a statement of whether the House or Senate Finance Committees have held hearings on the proposed grant, and a brief description of the nature and purpose of the grant.

 

Aside from the greater disclosure requirements, the inclusion of all legislative grants in the state budget would require that they be voted on by the full General Assembly.  This would be a dramatic change in procedure, as the current system requires no such vote.

 

The full text of this legislation is available at http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText08/HouseText08/H7627.pdf.

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