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New law will help families of children with disabilities
Families of disabled children will be able to open tax-free investment accounts to support services for them in adulthood under a new law sponsored by Sen. Adam Satchell and Rep. Robert Nardolillo and signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. 

New law protects environment and support economic development
A bill that protects the environment and supports job growth by streamlining wetlands permitting was signed into law today by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo after passage by the General Assembly.
Governor signs law phasing out cesspools in Rhode Island
STATE HOUSE — Legislation sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski and Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi that will eventually phase out cesspools in Rhode Island was signed today by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at the Save the Bay Center. (H 5668 and S 369)  
Raimondo Signs An Act to Support Working Mothers
Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Hanna M. Gallo and Rep. Shelby Maldonado requiring that pregnancy and related conditions be reasonably accommodated in workplaces. This bill requires employers to consider the needs of women with medical issues related to pregnancy or who express breast milk for a nursing child.  
American burying beetle now the official state insect
A new law sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski and Rep, Lauren H. Carson has established the American burying beetle, an endangered species that exists on Block Island, Rhode Island's official state insect.  
Bill raising minimum wage for tipped workers becomes law
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Rep. Aaron Regunberg to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers in Rhode Island by $1 over the next two years has been signed into law. Under the new law, the minimum hourly base rate for tipped workers would rise from $2.89 to $3.39 on Jan. 1, 2016, and to $3.89 on Jan. 1, 2017.

Community-Police Relationship Act signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Joseph S. Almeida and Sen. Harold M. Metts aimed at improving relations between the community and police has been signed into law. The Comprehensive Community–Police Relationship Act of 2015 will require all police departments to continue to collect data on race at traffic stops and to submit to the Department of Transportation’s Office of Highway Safety an annual report indicating what action has been taken to address any racial disparities in traffic stops and searches documented in previous reports.
Governor Raimondo signs budget bill
Recognizes Leadership of Mattiello, Paiva Weed
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, joined by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed, today signed the Fiscal Year 2016 State Budget. This robust jobs plan begins the process of putting people back to work by rebuilding our schools, attracting and growing companies in Rhode Island, and making it easier and less expensive to do business here.

Leaders Ruggerio, DeSimone, Mayor Elorza will work together to develop I-195 tax stabilization agreement
Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio, House Majority Leader John J. DeSimone and the City of Providence announced today that that will work together to develop a tax stabilization agreement, or TSA, for companies that locate in the I-195 Redevelopment District.  
Minimum wage bill signed into law
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Erin P. Lynch and Rep. David A. Bennett, raises Rhode Island's minimum hourly wage from $9 to $9.60 effective Jan. 1, 2016.