The Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives has ultimate control over all other representatives.
He can appoint and remove committee members, prevent bills from coming to a vote, quietly add amendments to change the law, and nix legislation altogether.
This dynamic makes your representative essentially powerless, and unable to adequately represent you in the state house. They fear retribution and punishment if they defy The Speaker, Nicholas Mattiello.
The House Rules - the set of operating procedures that govern the House of Representatives - are what give The Speaker this power.
A problem we are unwilling to ignore.
But thankfully, the House Rules can be changed. And that's just what we're working to do.