Legislative Wrap-Up With Common Cause — Tuesday

This year’s legislative session ended in June with some inexcusable failures; most notably, bills to reform the Coastal Resources Management Commission never even made it out of committee! (The ProJo ran a useful end of the session roundup that breaks down the results.)

Back by popular demand! For those who want to learn more about what happened and what we can do to advance our goals, the estimable good-government group, Common Cause RI, will be hosting a Legislative Session Wrap-up event this Tuesday at the Lippitt House Museum. From executive director John Marion:

In the fifteen years I have been leading Common Cause Rhode Island, I’ve observed that the General Assembly is often unpredictable. Every legislative session, bills that were near shoe-ins to pass lose steam and fizzle out, and new bills that seemingly arise out of nowhere end up sailing through both chambers. The 2024 legislative session was no different.

Among the topics discussed at the event will be the positive election bills that passed, the stalling of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) reforms, the resolution to eliminate the 30-day voter registration deadline from the state constitution, and more.

Secretary of State Gregg Amore (a former member of the general assembly) will be in attendance.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. RSVP here. Can’t attend but want to support the work of Common Cause RI? Donate here.

We have been writing about the need for CRMC reform for a while. My suggestion going forward is to rename it the Bally’s Coastal Gambling (sorry, Gaming) Commission.

Free and open to the public, 6pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 9, Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, (directions)

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Lovely fountain outside.

 

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