- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers are reviewing how they distribute grants to community organizations in the wake of the resignation of the House finance chairman.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Wednesday he’s accelerating a review of community service grants he called for more than a month ago.

The grants are attracting new scrutiny after Democratic Rep. Raymond Gallison announced Tuesday he was resigning amid a federal investigation. Gallison’s attorney declined to elaborate on why.

Gallison has been a longtime executive at Alternative Educational Programming Inc., which gets about $70,000 each year in grants approved by the General Assembly.

It’s not clear if AEP is part of the federal investigation.

A woman listed in 2015 filings as AEP’s president told the Providence Journal on Wednesday she had no idea she was president.

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