Handy Round-Up in ProJo of Amendments to Legislators’ Ethics Filings


Nice, informative work by the Providence Journal’s Kathy Gregg in today’s must-read-as-always Political Scene rounding up all of the changes – mainly ADDITIONS – to ethics disclosure filings made by state legislators. Gregg also helpfully includes disclosures previouisly made on those filings.

Many of the lawmakers’ amendments were relatively minor: an acknowledgement, for example, that they each received income from their part-time, $15,414-a-year roles as state lawmakers, which they had disclosed elsewhere on the form in response to a different question: “Current positions?”

But others corrected significant omissions.

Rep. Anastasia Williams, D-Providence, belatedly acknowledged her employment by the city of Providence’s planning department , and her chairmanship of the financially troubled John Hope Settlement House, a $300,000 General Assembly grant recipient that is currently in court appealing a Rhode Island Department of Education aid cutoff stemming from concerns about how past dollars were spent.

Sen. James Doyle, D-Pawtucket, filed a series of amendments, in which he belatedly acknowledged he owed “in excess of $1,000” to a number of previously undisclosed creditors, including the Internal Revenue Service, which has placed federal tax liens ranging from a low of $5,453 to a high of $53,904 on his property since 2012.

Speaking of Senator James Doyle, for the record, he continues to omit from his ethics filings the debt his company owes to a medical billing company for the reason he indicates below.

(The list does not reflect the repeated legal efforts since March 2013 by Phoenix Administrators, a medical billing company, to collect $6,843, plus interest, from Doyle’s company, Doyle Respiratory LLC. Asked why, Doyle said he did not personally guarantee that payment plan.)

Only ten days ago, Doyle Respiratory LLC was ordered a second time by a court to repay debt owed to Phoenix Administrators.