ABOUT REP. GEORGE A NARDONE
George A. Nardone was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2018, and then re-elected in 2020, by the residents of Coventry, living within District 28. He sits on two standing House Committees: Finance (considers all propositions relative to the revenue, to inquire into the state of the public debt and to report from time to time their opinion on such propositions for expediency) and State Government and Elections (addresses legislation pertinent to core government services and election matters).
As a small business owner for the past 26 years, Nardone experienced first-hand the ever-expanding list of burdens imposed on Rhode Island businesses by current policies at the State House. As a freshman legislator in 2019, Nardone sponsored legislation to reduce the state sales tax; successfully championed government transparency through online posting of the Governor’s Executive Orders; and authored an amendment to the medical marijuana bill which addressed an unintended consequence in administering this prescribed treatment to school age children. Nardone promotes ethics reforms, reducing business regulations, repealing the trucking tolls and supports authorizing a Governor’s line-item veto. He is a watchdog for effective government and fights against bills that support special interest programs and policies on the taxpayer’s dime.
During the 2023 legislative sessions, the Republican Caucus moved the needle on a number of important state government issues on behalf of Rhode Island’s hardworking taxpayers. Please click here to view the RI House Minority Report: 2023 Legislative Session Recap for an impressive list of caucus accomplishments.
Nardone worked three years as a furniture upholsterer at the DJM Company in Pawtucket before owning and operating his own upholstery business, Castle Gate Inc. in North Kingstown. He is a member of the Coventry Republican Committee, the National Republican Committee, and Toast Masters International. He was actively involved in the Coventry Girls Softball League coaching T-ball to fast pitch.
Nardone, a life-long Rhode Islander, resides in the Town of Coventry with his wife Dawn (Urquhart) and his daughter, Nicole.
GEORGE A. NARDONE
28TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
50 Fieldstone Drive
Coventry, RI 02816
82 Smith Street, Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
February 7, 2024
Rep. Nardone Proposes Reforms to Occupational Licensing in RI
State House, Providence – Representative George Nardone (D 28, Coventry) is proposing to streamline professional credentialing in the State of Rhode Island in the upcoming legislative session. Occupational licensing can often impose high barriers to entry, making it harder to find work or to start a business in the Ocean State (LC004832). According to a report issued by the Institute for Justice, the average license for low- and moderate-income jobs in Rhode Island takes 287 days of education and experience to obtain the proper credentials. The return on investment for many of the licensed professions is not proportional to the income the job ultimately provides (for example cosmetology or hairdressing). Occupational licensing costs the state’s economy $675M and leads to nearly 7,000 fewer jobs, with Rhode Island ranking the second highest licensing burden in the New England Region (Massachusetts is higher). Approximately 17% of Rhode Island workers are licensed.