From the East Greenwich Patch:
Not everyone agrees that the Catholic Church should have such a big presence in the General Assembly. On the progressive website RI Future, Steve Ahlquist wrote, "Lobbyist Healey wields political influence incommensurate with the present status of the Catholic Church."Ahlquist said Healey got more time to speak than others who testified.Healey said if that was the case, "that's a decision of the chairwoman," referring to Rep. Edith H. Ajello, chair of the House Judiciary Committee."In a big hearing on a contentious issue, the committee members usually ask a few proponents and opponents to testify a little longer at the beginning," he said. "It wasn’t just the Catholic Church."