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1/26/2018 Speaker of the House, President of the Senate appoint legislative commission to study line item veto
STATE HOUSE — Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, Providence, North Providence) have appointed a special legislative commission to study the effects of enacting a line item veto.

The commission was created last session by a joint resolution (2017-S 0961) of the Senate and House of Representatives. Its purpose will be to make a comprehensive study of the policy, political, and fiscal considerations of a line item veto in Rhode Island, including an examination of the constitutional balance of power between the three branches of government, the roles of the Rhode Island legislative and executive branches of government in a modern society and economy, including the relative relationship and responsiveness of each branch to the public

President Ruggerio has appointed Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, North Kingstown, Narragansett) and Sen. Thomas J. Paolino (R-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield). He also appointed retired Judge John Cappelli, and attorney David Balasco.

Speaker Mattiello has appointed Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren), Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) and Minority Whip Blake A. Filippi (R-Dist. 36, New Shoreham, Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly). He also appointed Robert Mancini, president of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs, and retired Professor Edgar LeDuc.

In addition, the Senate President and Speaker of the House jointly appointed former Attorney General James O’Neil.

In addition to the line item veto, the commission will also examine the cost and benefits of a constitutional amendment that would require a run-off election for Governor when one candidate does not receive a majority of the votes cast in a general election.

Every state constitution empowers the governor to veto an entire bill passed by the legislature. Many constitutions now expand the executive's veto powers by also authorizing methods of veto that permit particular portions of a bill — particularly in state budgets — to be rejected or changed.


For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401)222-1922