Changes to Providence Lobbying Ordinance Opposed - State and Federal Communications

September 22, 2014  •  

Changes to Providence Lobbying Ordinance Opposed

Seal of Rhode IslandProposed changes to the Providence, Rhode Island lobbying law are drawing criticism from various civic groups.

In a letter dated September 18 to the City Council, 11 nonprofit and community organizations urge the rejection of the proposal. The letter argues the proposed expansions effectively “discourage community activism” by “aiming explicitly at organizations that rely on non-compensated volunteers to advocate for the community.”

Samuel Zurier, the ordinance’s sponsor, claims the ordinance and amendments are “within the mainstream of what other [municipalities] do,” according to the Providence Journal. If passed, the changes would take effect on January 1, 2015.

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