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‘Red Flag’ bill would allow courts to disarm those who show warning signs of potential violence
With the support and co-sponsorship of House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Rep. Dennis M. Canario today filed legislation (2018-H 7688) that would create a means for courts to disarm people whose behavior is believed by authorities to pose a serious threat to others or themselves.

Rep. Amore to introduce bills addressing school resource officers and security upgrades
Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) will be introducing two pieces of legislation aimed at preventing violence in Rhode Island’s schools in the wake of the tragic events in Florida.

RIAC seeks legislation to rename T.F. Green Airport
To increase awareness of Rhode Island’s main airport to domestic and international travelers and to more accurately reflect the changing complexion of T.F. Green, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is seeking passage of legislation that would rename the airport Rhode Island International Airport. House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick) are expected to introduce the legislation today – both represent the City of Warwick.

Rep. McNamara introduces legislation to create attendance review teams in school districts
In an effort to combat a growing trend in school absenteeism, Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) has introduced legislation that would create attendance review teams in districts and schools where an absenteeism problem has been identified.

Speaker Mattiello introduces legislation that would allow partial-fill prescription option on opioids
Addressing the opioid epidemic, Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) has introduced legislation that would give patients the option of only partially filling their prescription for painkillers.

Calkin, Regunberg introduce carbon pricing bill
Backed by environmental advocates and a newly formed regional coalition, Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Jeanine Calkin announced their introduction of legislation to charge fossil fuel sellers for the carbon pollution their products cause, and invest the money in the state’s clean energy and green business sector as well as rebates sent directly to energy consumers.

Legislators kick off Fight for $15 and fair pay initiatives
With the backing of working Rhode Islanders and a coalition of community organizations, Sen. Gayle L. Goldin, Sen. Jeanine Calkin, Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell and Rep. Susan R. Donovan today announced their campaign for a $15 minimum wage by 2023 and equal pay for women and minorities.
Goldin, Ajello: R.I. must protect women’s rights from federal uncertainties
This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, and Rep. Edith Ajello and Sen. Gayle Goldin are introducing legislation to finally wipe off Rhode Island’s books laws that contradict the abortion rights affirmed by the landmark case.

Senate passes legislation to authorize public financing of ballpark for Pawtucket Red Sox
The State Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that would provide public support for a new baseball stadium in downtown Pawtucket. The stadium would be the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Rep. Serpa, Sen. Lynch Prata introduce legislation to protect hunting dogs from frigid temperatures
On the eve of a forecasted snowstorm, Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) have introduced legislation (2018-H 7045) that would include hunting dogs in an existing law that protects animals from extreme temperatures.

Shekarchi proposes closing loophole for mastectomy insurance coverage
Ensuring mastectomy patients have insurance coverage for all costs related to their surgery will be a top priority this year for House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi, who introduced the legislation yesterday as his first bill of the 2018 legislative session.  
Sen. Seveney introduces legislation that would ban possession of ‘bump stocks’ on semi-automatic weapons
Sen.  James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) has introduced legislation that would ban ‘bump stocks’ on semi-automatic firearms.