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6/6/2016 Representative Justin Price Supports Amendment to the Chariho Act
STATE HOUSE  --  Representative Justin K. Price (R-District 39 Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond)
supports the town councils of Richmond, Charlestown, and Hopkinton which have proposed an amendment to the Chariho Act (the enabling legislation for the Chariho Regional School District) that is intended to settle a lawsuit brought in federal court by seven Richmond voters against the three towns and the Chariho Regional School Committee.
 
This act relates to Representative Price’s bill (H-7720) which is an Act in amendment of and in addition to Chapter 286 of the public laws of 1986, entitled “An act authorizing the towns of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton, to join a regional school district, incorporating said regional school district, and providing for the issuance of bonds, construction and operation of a regional school for the joint use of the participating towns, within said regional school district established by this act.  Representative Price’s bill recently passed the House. 
 
The lawsuit alleges that the rights of Richmond residents under the U.S. Constitution are being violated because Richmond is under-represented on the school committee in proportion to its population.
 
Representative Price explains, “The amendment does two things.  First, it immediately adds one seat to the Chariho School Committee to be filled by a Richmond resident chosen by the Richmond Town Council.  Secondly, it includes a formula for re-calculating the number of seats on the school committee after each federal decennial census.  The formula is based on the method used by federal courts in voting rights cases to determine whether voting districts are equally apportioned.”


For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259