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Commission to discuss RI House speaker complaint

Commission to discuss RI House speaker complaint

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state ethics commission is meeting behind closed doors to take up a complaint that House Speaker Gordon Fox violated financial disclosure rules by not reporting income from legal work he did for a Providence economic development agency.

The commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday on the complaint, which it agreed to investigate in September.

The Providence Democrat is accused of violating ethics rules by not disclosing the money he made handling dozens of loan closings for the Providence Economic Development Partnership between 2005 and 2009.

Fox is required to report income from governmental sources annually. His lawyer has said he didn't need to disclose the income because he was working as a subcontractor.

Fox has not said how much he made working for the agency between 2005 and 2009.

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