Doreen Debuts as Representative Costa
Fresh from orientation at the General Assembly, State Representative Doreen Costa (R, Exeter, North Kingstown) told the crowd of about 100 people attending last night’s RI Tea Party Strategy meeting about her day:
Of particular note, Costa mentioned that the equipment is in place and almost final to post the results of every vote of the General Assembly on the legislature’s Web site within minutes of its being tallied, including who voted how. Anybody who’s ever tried to sort through the legislative journals to give legislators credit or blame will appreciate not having to do so anymore.
One interesting take on a social issue: Costa doesn’t think passage of same-sex marriage legislation is likely and that raising it would be a distraction from the critical problems of the state. She went so far as to suggest that, if Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee decides to push the issue, it would be “political suicide.”
Costa also announced that she’d declined the General Assembly’s healthcare benefit (and, presumably, the waiver payments available for those who don’t take it). The handful of representatives who were doing the same, as of last April included Roberto DaSilva, John Edwards, Christopher Fierro (since knocked out in the primary), Scott Guthrie, Joy Hearn, Robert Jacquard, Peter Kilmartin (now attorney general), Michael Marcello, Rene Menard, and Patricia Serpa, with Frank Maher as the lone senator.