- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House of Representatives has rejected proposed reforms that Republican legislators and a handful of Democrats said would make the lawmaking process more transparent and improve trust in government.

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday voted to defeat the proposed changes to the House’s procedural rules after lengthy debate - the biggest public debate on any issue so far this year.

Many of the proposals were designed to prevent bills from being shuttled to passage with little vetting by legislators or the public, especially during the end of the annual legislative session or after midnight. One would have required tracking bill changes. Others sought to limit the power and tenure of House leaders.

The amendments were easily defeated, with few Democrats joining the GOP minority caucus to support them.

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