Rep. Amore bill to require state boards and commissions be filled by RI residents passes the House


STATE HOUSE – Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2021-H 5418) that would require that all persons serving on boards and commissions appointed by the governor be residents of Rhode Island was passed by the House of Representatives tonight.

“It is impossible to be aware of the intricacies and complexities of Rhode Island life without being a Rhode Island resident and that is why I feel this law is necessary.  If one serves on a board or commission that has an effect on everyday Rhode Islanders, this board or commission member should be a Rhode Island resident themselves,” said Representative Amore.

The legislation states that unless membership on a board or commission requires a professional license issued by the state, all members or designees serving on boards and commissions responsible for the oversight of state agencies or political subdivisions, the management or disposal of state property or assets, or the promulgation of rules and regulations authorized by the general laws shall be residents of the state.

“Boards and commissions appointed by the governor have vast powers in regard to the management of Rhode Islanders' tax dollars and the stewardship of Rhode Island's natural resources, infrastructure and properties. Rhode Islanders know Rhode Island best and our residents should be the only ones serving on our boards and commissions,” added Representative Amore.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.



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