PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Senate sponsor of Rhode Island legislation that imposes new rules on accountability and ethics on quasi-public agencies says he will reintroduce the bill next year after the governor vetoed it.
Sen. James Sheehan said Tuesday he is disappointed with Gov. Lincoln Chafee's veto. He says the bill is designed to ensure that quasi-public agencies like the Rhode Island Airport Corp. and the Turnpike and Bridge Authority are accountable to the public.
Chafee said in his veto message he supports bolstering accountability and transparency and would consider a reworked bill. But he said that as written, the legislation would immediately render several agencies "noncompliant with (the) law and unable to fulfill their statutory purposes."
Sheehan says Chafee's administration should have pointed out earlier what he called a "technical problem."