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04/23/2015
Governor signs campaign finance reform bills into law
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed four pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening campaign finance reform.


 
04/23/2015
Twin River Casino hotel legislation signed into law
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed legislation to clear the path for a hotel at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln. Sponsored in the House of Representatives (2015-H 5798aa) by Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) and in the Senate (2015-S 0649A) by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), and given final passage in both chambers on April 16, the legislation removes a provision in the 2005 public laws that prohibits construction of a hotel at the Lincoln gaming facility.  
04/14/2015
Goldin bills would close gaps in wage discrimination law, prohibit discrimination based on ‘familial status’
To mark Unequal Pay Day — a day set aside to raise awareness about the pay gap between men’s and women’s salaries — Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) has announced that she has submitted two pieces of legislation that would implement further protections against unfair labor practices in the state.  
04/07/2015
Sen. Goldin, Rep. Ajello introduce legislation allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives
To honor her last request, Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) has introduced the Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act (2015-S 0598), which would provide a legal mechanism for suffering, terminally ill patients who decide to hasten their own death through medication prescribed by a physician.


 
03/25/2015
House passes bill to outlaw use of electronic tracking devices in vehicles for purposes of stalking
The House of Representatives voted unanimously today to make it a crime to electronically track a vehicle without the consent of the owner.  
03/19/2015
Rep. Regunberg, Sen. Goldin and 'One Fair Wage' coalition urge passage of Tipped Minimum Wage bill
A diverse array of organizations and individuals joined together at a news conference today at the State House to urge passage of legislation to increase the state’s tipped minimum wage. The event marked the formal rollout of “One Fair Wage Rhode Island,” a coalition consisting of community, labor, faith and women’s organizations working to support House bill 2015-H 5364 and Senate bill 2015-S 0291. The legislation would incrementally raise the state’s tipped minimum wage from its current rate of $2.89 per hour between the years 2016 and 2020, starting with an increase to $4.50 per hour on January 1, 2016.


 
03/17/2015
Rep. Lally announces resignation from House
Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown), who has served as a State Representative since 1989, today announced his resignation from the House of Representatives, effective immediately.  
03/17/2015
Rep. Amore bill provides opt-out of PARCC testing
Saying that many parents feel it takes too much time away from regular classroom work, Rep. Gregg Amore has introduced legislation to allow parents and guardians of students in RI schools to opt out of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC) assessments and tests. The legislation, 2015-H 5845, calls on the Commissioner of Education to establish an opt-out procedure and to provide to each school in Rhode Island a standardized form that can be sent to parents or guardians informing them of their opt-out rights.