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Assembly approves bill to ban tanning by minors
With final votes in the Senate today, the General Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Mia Ackerman to prohibit those under 18 from using tanning facilities in Rhode Island. The bill will now go to the governor.

General Assembly approves 2019 state budget bill
With passage in the Senate today, the General Assembly has approved a $9.559-billion budget bill that restores proposed cuts to services for the state’s most vulnerable populations and continues the phase-out of the car tax without raising broad-based taxes.

Governor signs legislation that would protect DACA Dreamers in Rhode Island
Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed into law legislation that protects Rhode Island Dreamers' ability to obtain drivers licenses during a ceremony at the State House Monday evening.

Rep. Williams’ bill that exempts natural hair braiders from cosmetology license passed by the House
Rep. Anastasia P. Williams’ (D-Dist. 9, Providence) legislation (2018-H 7565) that would exempt natural hair braiders from the state’s requirement for hairdressers and cosmeticians to be licensed with the state passed the House of Representatives.

Rep. Marszalkowski bill to enhance transparency and accounting of write-in ballots passes the House
Rep. Alex D. Marszalkowski’s (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland) legislation (2018-H 7729) that would enhance transparency and accounting of write-in ballots during elections was passed by the House of Representatives.

Rep. Craven and Sen. Lynch Prata’s revenge porn and sextortion legislation signed into law
Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata’s (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) legislation (2018-H 7452A / 2018-S 2581A) that criminalizes revenge porn and sextortion was signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo. 

Red flag bill, bump stocks ban now law
Governor signs bills passed by General Assembly yesterday
STATE HOUSE – Following passage by the General Assembly yesterday, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed into law two bills to prevent gun violence and mass shootings: “red flag” legislation that allows courts to disarm individuals who are believed by law enforcement to represent a violent threat to themselves or others, and a ban on bump stocks and other rapid-fire gun modifications.