Voters will decide this November whether to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of state lawmakers. This comes after the House and Senate voted unanimously Thursday to put the question to voters.
After a seven-year impasse, momentum for strengthening the Ethics Commission picked up after former House Finance chairman Ray Gallison resigned in April. He remains part of an ongoing and unspecified law enforcement probe.
Voters created the Ethics Commission in the 1980s after a series of political scandals. Then, in 2009, the state Supreme Court stripped the commission’s ability to police legislative conflicts of interest.
Now that lawmakers have signed off, voters will decide through a November ballot question if they want a stronger Ethics Commission. The measure doesn't require the signature of Governor Gina Raimondo, since it is a resolution for a constitutional amendment.