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03/05/2015
House leader introduces legislation to tighten up campaign expenditure reporting
 In the wake of the arrest of former House Speaker Gordon Fox for using campaign funds for his own personal expenses, House Majority Leader John J. DeSimone (D-Dist. 5, Providence) has submitted legislation that would close loopholes in reporting campaign finances.

 
03/05/2015
Legislation would establish performance-based funding for Rhode Island colleges
President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed and House Health, Education and Welfare Committee Chairman Joseph M. McNamara have introduced legislation to establish a performance-based funding component to state aid for Rhode Island’s institutions of higher learning. The legislation would make all new state higher education funding contingent upon achievement of certain goals, such as improved on-time graduation rates, and increasing completion of programs in high-demand fields.

 
03/04/2015
O'Grady bill opens door for hotel at Twin River Casino
Legislation introduced today in the House of Representatives sets the stage for construction of a hotel at the Twin River Casino site in Lincoln, a plan that casino officials and some state officials believe will make the gaming facility a thriving destination location. The legislation will provide that construction of a hotel at or in close proximity to Twin River will remain subject to the town of Lincoln zoning ordinances

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02/26/2015
Legislation sets standards for "distance learning" in RI
Rep. Joseph M. McNamara and Sen. Hanna M. Gallo have introduced legislation in their respective General Assembly chambers to provide easier access to higher education online learning programs. The bills set standards for “distance learning” in Rhode Island and authorize the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education to enter into interstate reciprocity agreements for distance learning.

 
02/26/2015
Bill would take guns away from domestic violence convicts, those with restraining orders
Hoping to provide greater protection to victims of domestic violence as well as those potentially in danger, Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) and Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) have introduced legislation that would take firearms out of the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence. It would also mandate that persons with a restraining order due to a domestic abuse case would be compelled to surrender their firearms.


 
02/13/2015
Rep. Tobon introduces bill requiring police to destroy records of mistaken, wrongful arrests
Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) has introduced a bill, 2015-H 5450, that would require the sealing and destruction of all arrest records and indices of arrest for those persons who are wrongfully arrested or detained by any law enforcement agency. The bill was introduced during a visit to the House chamber by Charles Belk,of California who, because of his wrongful detention last year, has established the "Fitting The Description" organization to rally support of state legislatures to enact "auto erase" laws.  
02/13/2015
Reps. Ucci, Corvese call for study, regulations for drones
           
Rep. Stephen R. Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston), along with Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D-Dist. 55, North Providence), have introduced two pieces of legislation regarding unpiloted, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). One (2015-H 5292) gives the state the exclusive legal authority to regulate the unpiloted craft. The other (2015-H 5293) establishes a legislative commission to study and make recommendations to regulate drones and their aerial kin.

 
02/11/2015
Sen. Metts reintroduces 'Community - Police Relationship Act'
Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) has again introduced legislation with the goal of improving relations between the community and police. The “Comprehensive Community – Police Relationship Act of 2015” will require all police departments 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/or searches documented in previous reports.  
02/10/2015
Sen. Felag bill bars airport access fees on certain services
Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) has introduced legislation (2015-S 0165) to exempt from the T.F. Green Airport’s 12 percent access fee any ancillary services provided to customers of rental companies that are unrelated to airport access.