A Constitutional Glitch in the Ciccone Consolidation Bill?
Andrew brings to our attention Senator Frank Ciccone’s pile driver consolidation bill, enumerating the ways that this is a bad idea and adding some shrewd speculation about the (possibly calculated) existential threat that the bill poses to the Mayor’s office of North Providence, a position currently occupied, it would seem, by a trouble-maker obsessed with stabilizing local taxes.
Part of the senator’s consolidation proposal would involve passage of a separate bill eliminating Rhode Island’s home rule charters, thereby returning all such power, including the power to tax and spend on the local level, to state government.
Now, Rhode Island’s current home rule charters came to exist at a Constitutional Convention in 1951. So how could they be revoked simply by an act of the General Assembly? Wouldn’t it take another Constitutional Convention to accomplish this dramatic change to the structure of Rhode Island government?