Rare event at the General Assembly: bill gets killed on the floorApril 5th, 2012 at 8:01 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Here’s something you don’t see every day: the House of Representatives voted 28-37 late Thursday afternoon to kill a bill supported by the Democratic leadership.
State Rep. Scott Slater’s bill [pdf] would have amended last year’s Henry Shelton Act – which created a program to help low-income Rhode Islanders address utility shutoffs – to let National Grid recoup its losses by charging other ratepayers. The current law says the utility has to write off any losses as bad debt.
House Speaker Gordon Fox, House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello and House Majority Whip J. Patrick O’Neill were among the 28 lawmakers who voted to pass the bill, but other members of their caucus and most Republicans broke with the leadership to block passage. Ten representatives missed the vote.