RI lawmakers review shared city services

State lawmakers in Rhode Island are looking to see if cities and towns can save money by sharing services like garbage collection and emergency dispatch.

The General Assembly's Joint Commission on Shared Municipal Services met Tuesday at the State House.

The commission received a presentation on how cities and towns around New England have merged their services to increase efficiency.

"It's a matter of the municipalities deciding to do it. Sometimes it's a relationship between the mayors or the town managers that lead to very fruitful conversations on consolidation," said Yolanda Kodrzycki of the New England Public Policy Center.

While lawmakers are looking at possibly saving money through sharing services, the state is trying to make regulations easier for businesses to navigate.

Leslie Taito heads the Rhode Island Office of Regulatory Reform and believes the work of her office can help the state's economy.

"I think it's how we get to good, clear, predictable government and we end up with a clear, predictable and reliable regulatory system. Business owners know they have to comply with regulations. They just want to make sure it's clear," she said.

The committee is led by Sen. Louis DiPalma and Rep. Robert Philips.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.