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2/19/2018 President Ruggerio statement on Senator Nicholas Kettle
STATE HOUSE, Providence – President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio said today:
“First and most importantly, my thoughts are with the victims.  As President of the Senate, as a father, and as a grandfather, I am absolutely horrified and disgusted by these allegations. We in the Senate are deeply shaken.” 
“Upon reviewing today’s indictment and seeing the severity of the charges, I again call upon Mr. Kettle to resign from the Senate immediately. If he refuses to resign, the Senate will pursue his expulsion from the chamber pursuant to the Rhode Island Constitution.”
“The Senate is committed to a healthy and safe working environment for all. I have asked my chief legal counsel to conduct an immediate review of the page program. We have spoken to most of the pages to ensure that they are aware of their rights in the workplace as well as procedures for reporting anything inappropriate.”
Article 6, Section 7 of the Rhode Island Constitution provides for the expulsion of a member of the Senate with the concurrence of two-thirds of the members. 

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558