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we are pleased to present,
in its entirety, medical the presentation and Q&A session with former RI Auditor General Ernest Almonte at the November 13, 2012 OCG meeting.

You may also download the mp3 for local playback on your favorite device by right-clicking (PC) or Command-clicking (MAC) here and saving to your hard drive.

Following a critically acclaimed, find
standing-room only forum in 2010 on Rhode Island corruption, nurse
OCG presented its Second Annual Corruption Forum focusing on the General Assembly, entitled:

The General Assembly: Private Deal$ and Public Corruption

The lively discussion included:

  • A review of legislative corruption and high profile violators.
  • Is our Legislature worse than those in other states?
  • How corruption affects you.
  • Causes of corruption at the Legislature.
  • How effective are the existing tools to battle legislative corruption?
  • What else needs to be done to reduce legislative corruption?

The forum featured a dynamic “Q&A” session between the audience and the panelists.

The Panel

Moderator: Dave Layman, former award-winning Providence news anchor and political commentator.

Edward Achorn: The Providence Journal’s Deputy Editorial Page Editor and frequent critic of the state legislature.

Arthur “Chuck” Barton: President of Operation Clean Government.

Ross Cheit, JD, PhD: Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University and a member of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission.

John DePetro: WPRO talk show host, and winner of the 2008 Associated Press Award for Best Talk Show. He is known for investigating corruption and scandals in Rhode Island and consistently breaking news involving high ranking public officials.

Kenneth Payne: Former Senior Policy Advisor to the Rhode Island State Senate and a former Director of the League of Cities and Towns. He recently authored a comprehensive five-part series in the Providence Sunday Journal examining the history and operations of the state legislature.

Bill Rappleye: Long-time legislative and political reporter for NBC10 News.

Arlene Violet: Veteran radio talk show host, political columnist and TV commentator. She is a former R.I. Attorney General and long time advocate for good government.

 

Following a critically acclaimed, buy more about
standing-room only forum in 2007 on Rhode Island corruption, page
OCG presented its Second Annual Corruption Forum on May 10, health
2008, focusing on the General Assembly:

The General Assembly: Private Deal$ and Public Corruption

The lively discussion included:

  • A review of legislative corruption and high profile violators.
  • Is our Legislature worse than those in other states?
  • How corruption affects you.
  • Causes of corruption at the Legislature.
  • How effective are the existing tools to battle legislative corruption?
  • What else needs to be done to reduce legislative corruption?

The forum featured a dynamic “Q&A” session between the audience and the panelists.

The Panel

Moderator: Dave Layman, former award-winning Providence news anchor and political commentator.

Edward Achorn: The Providence Journal’s Deputy Editorial Page Editor and frequent critic of the state legislature.

Arthur “Chuck” Barton: President of Operation Clean Government.

Ross Cheit, JD, PhD: Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University and a member of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission.

John DePetro: WPRO talk show host, and winner of the 2008 Associated Press Award for Best Talk Show. He is known for investigating corruption and scandals in Rhode Island and consistently breaking news involving high ranking public officials.

Kenneth Payne: Former Senior Policy Advisor to the Rhode Island State Senate and a former Director of the League of Cities and Towns. He recently authored a comprehensive five-part series in the Providence Sunday Journal examining the history and operations of the state legislature.

Bill Rappleye: Long-time legislative and political reporter for NBC10 News.

Arlene Violet: Veteran radio talk show host, political columnist and TV commentator. She is a former R.I. Attorney General and long time advocate for good government.

 

Left to right: Moderator Dave Layman; Chuck Barton, more about
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former State Senate advisor and URI adjunct professor; Ed Achorn, website like this
Providence Journal Deputy Editorial Editor; Bill Rappleye, NBC 10 News; Arlene Violet, former Rhode Island Attorney General; Ross Cheit, Brown University professor and Ethics Commission member; John DePetro, WPRO Talk Show Host.

Following a critically acclaimed, standing-room only forum in 2007 on Rhode Island corruption, OCG presented its Second Annual Corruption Forum on May 10, 2008, focusing on the General Assembly:

The General Assembly: Private Deal$ and Public Corruption

The lively discussion included:

  • A review of legislative corruption and high profile violators.
  • Is our Legislature worse than those in other states?
  • How corruption affects you.
  • Causes of corruption at the Legislature.
  • How effective are the existing tools to battle legislative corruption?
  • What else needs to be done to reduce legislative corruption?

The forum featured a dynamic “Q&A” session between the audience and the panelists.

The Panel

Moderator: Dave Layman, former award-winning Providence news anchor and political commentator.

Edward Achorn: The Providence Journal’s Deputy Editorial Page Editor and frequent critic of the state legislature.

Arthur “Chuck” Barton: President of Operation Clean Government.

Ross Cheit, JD, PhD: Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University and a member of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission.

John DePetro: WPRO talk show host, and winner of the 2008 Associated Press Award for Best Talk Show. He is known for investigating corruption and scandals in Rhode Island and consistently breaking news involving high ranking public officials.

Kenneth Payne: Former Senior Policy Advisor to the Rhode Island State Senate and a former Director of the League of Cities and Towns. He recently authored a comprehensive five-part series in the Providence Sunday Journal examining the history and operations of the state legislature.

Bill Rappleye: Long-time legislative and political reporter for NBC10 News.

Arlene Violet: Veteran radio talk show host, political columnist and TV commentator. She is a former R.I. Attorney General and long time advocate for good government.

 
Voter Initiative is neither pro-choice nor pro-life or pro-gun nor antigun. It is issue neutral.

While the Voter Initiative Alliance does not have a position on possible ballot questions, unhealthy once a binding Ballot Question for the Voter Initiative process is passed, no rx
possible issues that could be addressed are:

  • Campaign Finance Reform

Environmental Issues
Tax and Expenditure Limits
Line Item veto for the Governor
Have magistrates go through the same selection process as judges
Make the Constitution self-executing
Have a recall process for elected officials
Require that the state pay for education mandates
Have a state-wide teachers contract

  • Term limits for General Assembly members

 
Definitions/Availability

From the Initiative and Referendum Almanac

Initiative

Direct Initiative – proposed by the people and goes directly to the ballot

Indirect Initiative – proposed by the people and is first submitted to the legislature for hearings and a vote before going on the ballot if not enacted by the legislature

Referendum

Legislative referendum – when the legislature places a question on the ballot (allstates have this)

Popular referendum – when people place legislation enacted by the legislature on the ballot for the people to accept or  reject (24 states have this, here
but not the same 24 that have Initiative — KY, online
MD, Sildenafil
NM have popular referendum, but not
initiative — FL, IL, MS have initiative, but not popular referendum)

Constitutional Amendment Initiatives — 18 states have this

16 states have the direct initiative amendment process
2 have the indirect process

Statutory initiatives – 21 states have this

14 states have the direct initiative statutes process
9 have the indirect process (this adds up to 23, since two states allow both direct and indirect)…note: only five require the indirect process
24 states have Initiative, not all have both constitutional and statutory.

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