- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The leader of the Rhode Island Senate is looking for more transparency from the commission that oversees what gets built on land freed up when Interstate 195 was moved.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio introduced legislation this week that would require the I-195 Commission to hold more of its meetings in public. Meetings that aren’t open would have to be audio-recorded.

The proposal would also require commission members to participate in ethics training.

Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat, sponsored legislation that created the commission in 2011. But he says he’s been disappointed by the secrecy of some of its decision-making. Among his concerns has been the commission’s handling of a proposed residential skyscraper complex.

The relocation of a portion of I-195 opened up land for development just south of downtown Providence.


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