April 22, 2008

Shining the Light on Legislative Grants

Marc Comtois

Rep. Nick Gorham has proposed a bill to let us all know who is getting walking around money from the State Legislature (h/t Ian @ N4N). The legislation (PDF) states:

SECTION 1. Chapter 35-3 of the General Laws entitled "State Budget" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

3 35-3-28. Legislative grants. – All legislative grants awarded by the general assembly must be included in the annual state budget and must include the following information:

(1) Recipient's name and address;
(2) Name of contact person for the grant recipient;
(3) Name of the legislator who sponsored the grant;
(4) Statement of whether the finance committee of either or both houses of the general assembly have had a hearing on the proposed grant; and
(5) Brief description of the nature and purpose of the grant.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

Rep's Coaty, Long, Mumford, and Trillo are co-sponsors.

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Chances of passage? Maybe one in a million?

Posted by: Pragmatist at April 23, 2008 12:24 AM
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