RI lawmakers mull changes to receivership law

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Rhode Island lawmakers are considering changes to a law allowing the state to take over financially troubled cities.

A bill scheduled for a hearing Tuesday would allow elected city leaders to make non-financial decisions. The receiver law now allows the governor to appoint a board or a receiver to assume total control of cities facing severe financial distress.

Central Falls is the only city so far placed under the control of a receiver. City leaders initially sought state intervention, but objected when the receiver relegated the city council to an advisory board.

Rep. Agostinho Silva is the bill’s sponsor. The Central Falls Democrat says his bill would allow elected leaders to handle day-to-day affairs including city licenses, appointments to boards and planning, while keeping financial decisions in the receiver’s hands.

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