NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has voted to investigate whether a state lawmaker violated ethics rules by bidding on a contract for beach concessions.
The Providence Journal reports that the commission voted Tuesday to probe the bids by Rep. Peter Palumbo for contracts at Scarborough, Roger Wheeler and Misquamicut state beaches.
The government watchdog group Common Cause Rhode Island filed a complaint with the ethics commission after reports that the Cranston Democrat bid in 2013 to host the concessions.
Palumbo was the high bidder for the 5-year contract but backed out, leaving then-Democratic Party Chairman David Caprio as the next highest bidder. Caprio then hired Palumbo to run the stands. He paid $226,640 less than Palumbo had bid.
State police are investigating.
Palumbo has not returned requests for comment.