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Bob Flanders on Government Reform

 

 


Require disclosure for contributions to super PACs

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes. I support disclosure laws to identify contributors to Super PACs.

Source: Rhode Island VoteSmart 2018 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2018

Let out-of-state attorneys handle state ethics cases

On March 1, 2001, the Court issued an order, approved 2-1, that denied a "pro hac vice" motion. [which means, "for this particular occasion," and in this instance was used to have an out of state attorney practice law in R.I. to help with a case uncovering misconduct in the R.I. Ethics Commission. Judge Flanders wrote the following dissent]:

"I would have granted the pro hac vice motion because the moving party, Attorney Small, satisfied the conditions established by our rule for admission, one of which is that the motion should be granted "for good cause shown." Here, the Ethics Commission established good cause by recounting the various problems it had experienced in attempting to retain qualified R.I. attorneys to handle ethics investigations. The problems referenced by the commission in obtaining qualified and non-conflicted local counsel to handle this sensitive investigation were legitimate and established good cause for it to retain a qualified, nonresident attorney."

Source: Caught.net "The Pro Se Way" on 2018 Rhode Island Senate race , Jun 15, 2001

Disallow legislators from serving on Lottery Commission

In a separation of powers case Flanders would have declared the state law that permits the legislature to both appoint and serve on the Lottery Commission unconstitutional. Flanders upheld the "tripartite division of powers" of both the U.S. and Rhode Island Constitution.

Justice Flanders upheld that both Constitutions include "limitations" on the powers of the legislative branch. Flanders upheld that both Constitutions grant the executive--the governor in Rhode Island, the president in Washington--at least some power over how the laws passed by the legislature are executed.

Flanders ruled that, "the people of Rhode Island will likely be plunged into a long dark age of subjugation to unchecked, unbalanced and unlimited governmental powers exercised by controlling members and subparts of the legislature--notwithstanding a State Constitution that was enacted to prevent such a catastrophe from ever occurring."

Source: Caught.net "The Pro Se Way" on 2018 Rhode Island Senate race , Jun 15, 2001

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