Sunday, April 7, 2013
The Joint Commission on Shared Municipal Services has appointed two advisory committees to support its first steps toward helping cities and towns cut costs by working together to provide municipal services.
The Joint Commission on Shared Municipal Services has appointed two advisory committees to support its first steps toward helping cities and towns cut costs by working together to provide municipal services. The commission, which is co-chaired by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist.12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton) and Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland), has announced the appointment of a Public Safety Dispatch Service Advisory Committee and a Tax Collection Service Advisory Committee, since public safety dispatch and tax collection were among the services that legislators have identified as having the greatest potential for sharing and saving money for municipalities. Each advisory committee consists …
Rep. John G. Edwards' (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) bill would require any political party or political action committee to file a report of all contributions.
Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) is looking to finish what he started last year with a bill that would require any political party or political action committee advocating for a town or city charter-amending question to file a report of all contributions and expenditures in excess of $100 with its local board of canvassers. The bill (2013-H 5038), which has earned bipartisan support in the House, applies to all questions considered during an election or at a Financial Town Meeting. Last year, the governor signed similar legislation – also sponsored by Rep. Edwards and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) – requiring groups and political action committees advocating for…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
In a session full of pomp, circumstance, family and friends, the members of the 2013-14 General Assembly convene for the first time.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis administered the oath of office to the 75 House members and 38 Senators. House Speaker Gordon D. Fox and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed were reelected to their leadership roles. Representing Middletown constituents, Rep. Linda Finn, Rep. Marvin L. Abney, Rep Deborah L. Ruggiero and State Senator Louis DiPalma were formally sworn in as part of the ceremony.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
For the past six years, Senator Lou DiPalma says he has been looking for ways to gain efficiencies across town lines. His most recent program will explore ways the state can assist in the effort.
For State Sen. Lou DiPalma, shared services have been a priority since he served on the Middletown Town Council in 2006. Now at the state level, he has formed the Senate Commission on Municipal Shared Services to continue to work towards that vision. “It is important to remain objective, so every recommendation must be backed by facts,” said the Senator. The commission’s objective is to provide the infrastructure and capital investment to incentivize cities and towns to gain greater efficiencies. “The eventual result is lower property taxes,” he explained. Back in 2006, he requested the town explore eight areas: purchasing, recreation, technology, grounds maintenance, finance, facilities management, human resources and the motor …