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03/23/2017
Dominick Ruggerio elected Senate President, Michael McCaffrey elected Senate Majority Leader, Maryellen Goodwin will be Senate Majority Whip
The Rhode Island Senate today unanimously elected Dominick J. Ruggerio to the office of President of the Senate during its floor session.


 
03/22/2017
Senator Paiva Weed named new president of Hospital Association of Rhode Island
M. Teresa Paiva Weed, the state’s first woman to serve as President of the Senate in Rhode Island and state senator from District 13 (Newport, Jamestown) since 1992, announced today that effective May 1, 2017, she will accept the presidency of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI), a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to assisting member hospitals to meet the health care needs of Rhode Islanders.  Her resignation as Senate President will occur over the next month or so, as will her resignation from the Senate.

 
03/22/2017
Working Rhode Islanders, business owners and community leaders rally for $15 minimum wage
A living wage is a right for employees and a path toward a more prosperous, livable state, said the sponsors of a bill to raise the minimum wages for hourly and tipped workers to $15 over the next several years, who were joined by working Rhode Islanders, business owners and community advocates at a rally today in support of the legislation.


 
03/22/2017
House passes Rep. Serpa legislation that would ban insurers from halting substance abuse treatment
The House of Representatives has passed legislation introduced by Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) that would keep insurers from terminating residential or inpatient substance abuse treatment for patients currently in treatment. 

 
03/21/2017
Rep. Craven’s revenge porn and sextortion legislation passes the House
Rep. Robert E. Craven’s (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) legislation (2017-H 5304) that criminalizes revenge porn and sextortion was passed by the House of Representatives.  
03/21/2017
Majority Leader Shekarchi to be honored by National Council for Behavioral Health for ‘Excellence in Advocacy”
House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) will be awarded for “Excellence in Advocacy by an Elected Official” by the National Council for Behavioral Health at the group’s annual conference being held in Seattle, Washington on April 2 through April 5.  Leader Shekarchi is being honored due to the passage of legislation (2016-H 7259) he sponsored that requires training for law enforcement officers on mental health and substance abuse emergencies.
 
03/17/2017
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson bill would extend benefits to gay veterans who received ‘Undesirable’ discharge
Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) has introduced legislation that would extend veterans’ benefits to gay members of the armed forces who were discharged under the military’s “Undesirable” discharge.

 
03/17/2017
Corvese bill would create animal abuse registry
Rep. Arthur Corvese has filed legislation to create a statewide animal abuser registry aimed at preventing those with a history of mistreating animals from obtaining other animals.  
03/16/2017
Rep. Tobon reintroduces bill requiring the listing of all ingredients on cosmetics
Rep. Carlos E. Tobon has reintroduced legislation (2017-H 5905) that requires manufacturers to disclose all cosmetic ingredients on product labels and company websites. Representative Tobon introduced the bill last legislative session and it has been referred to the House Committee on Health, Education & Welfare.  
03/16/2017
Sen. Felag introduces RI Livable Home Tax Credit legislation
Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) has introduced legislation (2017-S 0477) that would create the Rhode Island Livable Home Tax Credit.  The act would provide a tax credit against the state’s personal income tax for taxpayers who purchase new residences or retrofit residences which meet or are modified to meet standards that make the residences more accessible for the elderly or disabled persons.