SIGN UP: Get Nesi’s Notes by Email Happy Saturday! Here’s another edition of my weekend column for WPRI.com – as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to [email protected] and follow @tednesi on Twitter.1. Voters rarely express satisfaction with the General Assembly’s modus operandi, especially in the final days of session when vote-a-minute marathons are the norm. Republicans like Brian Newberry and occasional Democrats like Jared Nunes have long argued that changing the House rules is necessary to cut down on abuses. Now the 19 House Democrats who call themselves the Reform Caucus have offered four proposed fixes, including publishing amended bills 48 hours before a final vote; right now, bills are sometimes amended and approved almost simultaneously. For South Kingstown Democrat Kathy Fogarty, the breaking point was when leadership released overhauled last year’s pay-equity bill and called a vote right away. “I remember the sponsor, Representative [Susan] Donovan, trying to read that quickly as it was up on the floor being voted on,” Fogarty said on this week’s Newsmakers. “Nobody really got a chance to read that bill.” For Barrington Democrat Jason Knight, it was the House’s 11th-hour consideration of the PawSox bill. “I think we could have done… Read full this story
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