State Lawmakers' Financial Ties (posted May 23, 2000)

A report by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. shows that a number of Rhode Island legislators have possible conflicts of interest in their financial dealings. Looking at the 130 lawmakers who filed disclosure forms in 1998 (of the 150 required to do so), the Center finds that 19 percent sat on legislative committees that regulate their professional or business interests, that 19 percent had financial ties to business that lobby state government, and that 40 percent received income from a government agency other than the state legislature.

Source: Center for Public Integrity