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The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has found probable cause that a former state lawmaker violated the ethics code by accepting a job with Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

The commission voted Tuesday to approve the probable cause findings against former Democratic Rep. Donald Lally, of Narragansett. It's a preliminary step and not a finding of violation.

The report alleges that Lally broke "revolving door" rules blocking legislators from accepting state employment for one year after leaving office.

Lally joined Raimondo's staff less than four months after giving up his House seat in March 2015. Investigators say neither Lally nor the governor's office sought the commission's advice on the hiring. Lally resigned in April.

His attorney declined comment Tuesday.

The commission could now hold an administrative trial, unless Lally settles.

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