- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers are returning to the continuing battle over whether to restore the Ethics Commission’s jurisdiction over legislators.

Sen. James Sheehan, D-North Kingstown, has reintroduced legislation essentially the same as a measure that cleared the Senate and the House Judiciary Committee last year. The bill, which not voted on in the House, would back a constitutional amendment asking voters if they want to restore the commission’s power over legislators.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1AnCnG0 ) that the bill stipulates that lawmakers’ discussion and debate, verbally or in writing, would not be subject to the commission’s jurisdiction.

It also says legislators or anyone else who is found guilty of a violation by the commission would have a right to a trial in Superior Court, essentially overriding the commission’s decision.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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