2012 has been a momentous year for Common Cause Rhode Island. And we couldn't have done it without your support, feedback, and investment. Thank you for doing your part to hold power accountable and your belief in a better Rhode Island. Together we are making history - in 2012, we helped to:
Pass a law: Campaign finance disclosure
At the initiation of Common Cause Rhode Island, the General Assembly passed a state-of-the art campaign finance disclosure bill. Our state is now at the forefront in providing information about who is funding political advertising.
Amend a law: Improved Access to Public Records Act (APRA)
For the first time in over a decade the state's "sunshine law" was drastically improved through the effort of Common Cause and other organizations including the ACLU and NEFAC. Rhode Islanders will now have access to more information about what government is doing on their behalf.
Amend a city charter: Redistricting
After a contentious redistricting process, Common Cause worked with Providence City Council member Sam Zurier to draft an amendment to the City Charter revising the process for drawing ward boundaries. Now a supermajority of the City Council we be required to pass last minute changes among other improvements.
Pass a new rule: Ethics Commission rule making on travel disclosure
At Common Cause Rhode Island's request, the state Ethics Commission passed a rule requiring all persons subject to the Code of Ethics, including legislators, to disclose out-of-state travel whose value is greater than $250 and is provided for by third parties
Warm wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday season and New Year!