Twenty-one members of the Democrats in the Rhode Island House of Representatives are standing strong against the leadership of Representative Nicholas Mattiello (Democrat, District 15, Cranston) for Speaker.

The Reform Caucus is committed to changing the way business is conducted at the State House.  That can only happen with changes to the House Rules so there’s a more democratic process which respects all 74 elected Representatives and ensures the diverse needs of all constituents served. The Reform Caucus seeks greater transparency in government such as not suspending rules and posting bills for 48 hours for the public (and Representatives) to view before votes are taken.

The House Rules are adopted in the first few days of the legislative session. Currently, House Rules give broad powers to the Speaker of the House in appointing committee members, committee chairs, and deciding the flow of bills and legislation in the House Chamber. This includes suspending the rules so bills are not required to be posted for the public 48 hours before a vote.

The list of Democrats committed to reforming the State House in January is:

Representative Edith Ajello (Democrat, District 1, Providence)
Representative Joseph Almeida (Democrat, District 12, Providence)
Representative Laufton Ascencao (Democrat, District 68, Bristol)
Representative Justine Caldwell (Democrat, District 30, East Greenwich)
Representative Lauren Carson (Democrat, District 75, Newport)
Representative-Elect Liana Cassar (Democrat, District 66, Barrington, East Providence)
Representative-Elect Terri-Denise Cortvriend (Democrat, District 72, Portsmouth)
Representative Susan Donovan (Democrat, District 69, Bristol)
Representative Kathleen Fogarty (Democrat, District 35, South Kingstown)
Representative Arthur Handy (Democrat, District 18, Cranston)
Representative Raymond Hull (Democrat, District 6, Providence)
Representative Katherine Kazarian (Democrat, District 63, East Providence)
Representative-Elect Rebecca Kislak (Democrat, District 4, Providence)
Representative Jason Knight (Democrat, District 67, Barrington, Warren)
Representative John Lombardi (Democrat, District 8, Providence)
Representative Carol Hagan McEntee (Democrat, District 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett)
Representative Mary Messier (Democrat, District 62, Pawtucket)
Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (Democrat, District 5, Providence)
Representative Deborah Ruggiero (Democrat, District 74, Jamestown)
Representative Teresa Tanzi (Democrat, District 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown)
Representative Moira Walsh (Democrat, District 3, Providence)

[From a press release]

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To the author: is there a place where we can read the coalition’s statement on house rules reform? I’ve only been able to find quotes in various articles, and never the full statement, thank you,