Ethics reform bill moves forward in Rhode Island House

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Top Rhode Island lawmakers are moving quickly to get an ethics reform initiative on the November ballot.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday.

The legislation seeks voter approval of a constitutional amendment that would allow the state’s Ethics Commission to investigate lawmakers for potential conflicts of interest.

It would restore powers taken from the commission by a 2009 court ruling.

The legislature’s two most powerful Democrats, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, jointly introduced the legislation in their respective chambers last week.

It has the backing of open government advocates but the state’s Republican Party says it falls short by imposing a moratorium on ethics complaints before elections.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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