Rhode Island Considers E-Mall

Rhode Island may enter the multistate electronic commerce pilot project known as E-Mall.

Gov. Lincoln C. Almond (R) is looking into the effort -- spearheaded by Massachusetts -- with an eye toward the benefits E-Mall could bring to the state, said John Rooke, the Gov. Almond's press secretary.

"The governor has tried purchasing reform items in the past with limited success. We're hoping the uniqueness of this project will increase its chances," Rooke said.

Five states -- Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Idaho and Utah -- are involved in the pilot project, which enables participants to pool their purchasing power by presenting themselves as a single entity to vendors.

John Celona, the Rhode Island state senator who brought the project to the governor's attention a few weeks ago, has started drafting legislation in support of joining the cybermall project, Rooke said.

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