- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Republicans are calling for the resignation of Rep. Peter Palumbo amid an investigation by State Police into contracts for running concessions at state beaches.

WJAR-TV reported Palumbo was the high bidder for the contracts but backed out, leaving Democratic Party Chairman David Caprio as the winning bid. Palumbo now manages the stands for Caprio, who paid $226,640 less than Palumbo bid for the five-year contract.

State Police say the financial crimes unit is investigating how the contracts were awarded and who is filling them.

Caprio resigned as head of the Democratic Party on Tuesday.

A message seeking comment was sent to Palumbo.

Also Wednesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block called for legislation to make it illegal for members of the General Assembly to bid on state contracts. Candidate Allan Fung said the contract should be rescinded.