Despite a year of ethics challenges in the House, Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello thinks Dems’ dominance will grow

FOCUS ON REFORM: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello shepherded a bill through the General Assembly that will place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot seeking to restore full authority to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission over state lawmakers. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
FOCUS ON REFORM: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello shepherded a bill through the General Assembly that will place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot seeking to restore full authority to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission over state lawmakers. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
In addition to economic development, education and infrastructure, issues of ethics in governance were front and center in 2016. The behavior of elected officials was scrutinized during and after the most recent session. In May, then-House Finance Chairman Raymond E. Gallison, Jr., D-Bristol, resigned as the budget neared completion. He is reportedly the subject of…

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