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4/22/2020 Two members added to Joint Legislative COVID-19 Emergency Spending Task Force
STATE HOUSE – President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio and Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello today announced two additional members of the Joint Legislative COVID-19 Emergency Spending Task Force.  They have appointed Senator Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) and House Labor Committee Chairwoman Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence).

The task force, which will have its first meeting on Thursday, April 30, will be examining the Raimondo Administration’s commitment of more than $100 million in emergency spending.  This would include a review of process and contracts involved in the establishment of field hospitals and the extensive purchases of medical equipment and supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).

“The minority community is being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in a disproportionate manner. Upon learning of the magnitude of the impact on minority communities in Rhode Island, and particularly the Latino community, we wanted to make sure they were more actively represented on the task force,” said President Ruggerio and Speaker Mattiello.

President Ruggerio previously appointed the following senators: Finance Committee Chairman William J. Conley Jr. (D–Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket); Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston); Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), who is also the Senate Democratic Caucus Policy Chairman; Senator Thomas J. Paolino (R–Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield); and Environment and Agriculture Committee Chairwoman V. Susan Sosnowski (D–Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham).

Speaker Mattiello previously appointed the following House members: Finance Committee Chairman Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown), Rep. Jason Knight (D-Dist. 67, Barrington, Warren), Rep. John W. Lyle Jr. (R-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket), Rep. Alex D. Marszalkowski (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland) and Oversight Committee Chairwoman Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).

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