Rep. Amore bill to require state boards and commissions be filled by RI residents passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2017-H 6258) that would require that all persons serving on boards and commissions appointed by the governor have a connection to Rhode Island through residence or licensure was passed by the House of Representatives tonight.
“It is impossible to be aware of the intricacies and complexities of Rhode Island life without being a Rhode Island resident and that is why I feel this law is necessary. If one serves on a board or commission that has an effect on everyday Rhode Islanders, this board or commission member should be a Rhode Island resident themselves,” said Representative Amore.
The legislation states that unless membership on a board or commission requires a professional license issued by the state, or is otherwise specified or governed by statute, all members or designees serving on the boards or commissions appointed by the governor shall be residents of Rhode Island.
“Boards and commissions appointed by the governor have vast powers in regard to the management of Rhode Islanders' tax dollars and the stewardship of Rhode Island's natural resources, infrastructure and properties. It is imperative that board members are invested in Rhode Island through either residency or the appropriate licensure,” added Representative Amore.
The legislation is cosponsored by Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903