General Provisions

SECTION 17-1-5.1

§ 17-1-5.1. Municipal and state employees holding elective public office.

(a) A municipal employee may hold a state elective office or a municipal elective office; provided, that except as authorized pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, no municipal employee may hold a municipal elective office in the city or town in which he or she is employed, and a state employee may hold any municipal elective office. Any provision in any state law, municipal ordinance, or city or town charter prohibiting a municipal employee from holding state elective office or municipal elective office, other than in the town where he or she is employed, or a state employee from holding a municipal elective office is declared null and void.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to school teachers of the individual cities and towns as defined in title 16.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of the first sentence of subsection (a) of this section, a city or town may, by charter or ordinance, permit a municipal employee of that city or town to hold the office of school committee person in that city or town.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1978, ch. 378, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 518, § 1.)