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Secretary of State Gorbea convenes Lobbying Advisory Task Force

First meeting to take place Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10AM

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has convened a Lobbying Advisory Task Force that will help guide efforts to strengthen and clarify Rhode Island's lobbying laws and regulations while ensuring transparency.

"The state's lobbying system needs a complete overhaul," Gorbea said. "Government must be effective, transparent and accountable to the people it serves in order to succeed."

The first meeting of the lobbying advisory task force, which Secretary Gorbea will chair, is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10AM in the State House Senate Lounge. The meeting agenda is available via the Department of State's Open Meeting portal:

Members of the Secretary of State's Lobbying Advisory Task Force include:

• Al Dahlberg, Director, State & Community Relations, Brown University • Melissa E. Darigan, President-Elect, Rhode Island Bar Association • Hilary Davis, ACLU • Paola Fernandez, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, United Way of Rhode Island • Wally Gernt, President RI Lobbyists Association, The Bradford Group • Amy Goins, Common Cause RI • Jason Gramitt, RI Ethics Commission • Greg Mancini, Executive Director & General Counsel, BuildRI • Maureen Martin, RI Federation of Teachers & Health Professionals • Carolyn Murray, F/S Capitol Consulting • RI State Senate and House of Representatives staff designees

Media Contact: Gonzalo Cuervo

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  • Release date: 03-04-2015

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