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Sen. Nesselbush and Rep. Shekarchi’s wage theft legislation signed into law
Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush and Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi’s legislation (2016-S 2475 / 2016-H 7628) that gives employees several ways to collect wages due from nonpaying employers and increases the penalties for offending employers was signed into law today by Governor Raimondo at a ceremonial bill signing held at the Algonquin House in Providence.

Sen. Pichardo and Rep. Barros Micro Business Act signed into law
In an effort to help Rhode Island’s smallest entrepreneurs, Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence) and Rep. Jean Philippe Barros’ (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket) legislation to establish the Micro Business Act was signed into law by Governor Raimondo today at a ceremonial bill signing at the Algonquin House in Providence.

Several bills that expand opportunity for Veterans signed into law
Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Rep. Jan P. Malik, Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr., Director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn, and Brigadier General Christopher Callahan, Adjutant General of the state of Rhode Island, today ceremonially signed several new bills to strengthen the state's commitment to veterans and their families. The diverse laws include measures that make it easier for businesses to hire veterans, protect reservists from discrimination related to their military service, honor the fallen at the Veterans Cemetery, and allow veterans to receive their medical records at no cost when applying for benefits.

New law requires warrants for location data
Measure protects electronic-device users’ privacy
 Legislation sponsored by Rep. Edith H. Ajello and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush has been signed into law, protecting citizens’ privacy by requiring law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before seeking location data collected from cellular phones and other electronic devices by service providers.