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Raimondo Signs Justice Reinvestment Legislation
Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by members of the General Assembly and community advocates, today signed the package of legislation collectively known as the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. The bills aim to improve Rhode Island's criminal justice system while reducing costs by promoting rehabilitation and informed decision-making in sentencing, probation and parole. 

Domestic violence gun safety legislation now law
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi and Sen. Harold M. Metts to protect victims of domestic violence by disarming their abusers has become law.

House Finance Committee schedules hearings on PawSox stadium legislation
The House Finance Committee has scheduled two hearings in October on legislation concerning public financing for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for Rhode Island employees signed by governor
Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Aaron Regunberg guaranteeing paid sick leave for more than 100,000 Rhode Island employees was signed into law by the governor.

38 Studios transparency legislation signed by governor
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Charlene M. Lima (D-14, Cranston, Providence) and Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston) that makes public previously undisclosed records from the state's investigation of 38 Studios was signed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo.

Leader Shekarchi and Sen. Gallo’s bill expanding support for minor witnesses of homicide and domestic violence now law
A bill which expands the State's Crime Victim Compensation Program to include support for minors who witness homicides or domestic violence, has been signed into law today by Governor Gina Raimondo, during a ceremonial signing ceremony at the Rhode Island State House.

Sick time bill passes General Assembly
With final votes in both chambers today, Rhode Island lawmakers approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Aaron Regunberg to give earn paid sick time to more than 100,000 employees in the state as well as protecting all workers from retaliation for taking time off to care for themselves or a loved one.

Senate Finance Committee to conduct series of hearings on PawSox stadium proposal
 The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a series of hearings, both at the State House and at locations around the state, to review legislation that would provide public support for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.