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 September 23, 2003
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Eyewitness News Uncovers More Elected Officials and Candidates May Not Have Had Workers Comp Insurance
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Thursday Report: Several Politicians Under Investigation For Not Having Workers Comp Insurance

     Eyewitness News has learned at least three more campaign organizations may not have carried insurance for campaign workers. 
     The state department of labor and training is looking into several campaign organizations to determine if they carried workers compensation insurance for staffers which apparently is required by state law. 
      Mayor David Cicilline says three of his part-time campaign workers were not covered by workers compensation insurance. 
     He's writtten to the department of labor and training to determine if the insurance was required.
     That's similar to the action taken by Lt, Gov. Charles Fogarty and Secretary of State Matt Brown who had workers were were not convered.
     Cicilline's opponent in the recent democratic mayoral promary - Joseph Paoilino said he doesn't know if his workers were covered but said any law that would converge was silly because camapigns are so short
     But mayor of Cranston said his camapign workers were covered. 
     Most of the candidates for Governor in 2002 say they had workers comp insurance for campaign workers. 
      Myrth York's campaign had 10 to 12 workers, but workers comp insurance may have been overlooked. 
     A spokesman said, "i thoughjt we had it, but when i called our accountant they could'yt find it. We're still checking."
       Rep. Jim Langevin provided documentation that he paid workers comp.
       And rep. Patrick Kennedy's office said his campaign carried the insurance as well.
     Atty. General Patrick Lynch says his two campaign workers were not required to have workers comp insurance because they were indepent contractors. 
     U.S.  Senators Jack Reed and Lincoln Chafee say their campaigns carried workers comp insurance. 
        It's not clear how long the investigation by the department of labor and training will take or what sanctions could be imposed on campaign that brokle thje law inadvertyanly or otherwise. 

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