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07/20/2016
Governor signs Foster Parents Bill of Rights into law
Legislation formalizing a Foster Parents Bill of Rights that was introduced by Rep. Eileen S. Naughton (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) was signed into law today by Gov. Gina Raimondo during a ceremonial bill signing at the State House.  
07/20/2016
Legislation requiring schools to have at least 20 minutes of free play recess signed into law
Gov. Gina Raimondo signed legislation introduced by Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty (D-Dist. 35, South Kingstown) and Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) that requires elementary schools to have at least 20 minutes of free play recess during the school day during a ceremonial bill signing today in the State Room at the State House.
 
07/20/2016
Biliteracy seal legislation signed into law by governor
Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill creating a “biliteracy seal” that school districts can affix to the diplomas and transcripts of high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in another language in addition to English. The law was signed during a ceremonial bill signing today in the State Room of the State House.  
07/14/2016
Domestic violence prevention fund legislation signed into law
STATE HOUSE – Legislation (2016-S 2900 Sub B / 2016-H 7683 Sub A) sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski that creates a new fund aimed at preventing domestic and dating violence in Rhode Island was signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo today at a ceremonial bill signing in the State Room of the State House.  
07/14/2016
Governor signs law to add post traumatic stress disorder to list of conditions treatable with medical marijuana
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation introduced by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston) and Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) that adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that may be treated with medical marijuana.
 
07/12/2016
Bills aimed at curbing opioid abuse signed into law
Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed into law today a package of legislation aimed at addressing the opioid overdose crisis. The bill signing was held at Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services in Warwick.  
07/08/2016
Governor signs bill to regulate transportation network companies, such as Uber
Legislation introduced by House Majority Whip John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) and Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) to regulate transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft has been signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo.  
07/07/2016
Senate’s Grow Green Jobs RI bills enacted
Rhode Island can expect to continue its swift expansion of green jobs in the coming years, due to the enactment of numerous legislative initiatives proposed this year as part of the Senate’s Grow Green Jobs RI Legislative Action Plan.  
07/07/2016
Clean energy bills signed into law
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo – joined by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, other legislators and state Energy Commissioner Carol Grant – today ceremonially signed legislation that will enhance the state's renewable energy policies, create green jobs, and help move the state's energy sector toward a clean, sustainable, reliable future.  
07/01/2016
Bill signed into law to keep guns out of hands of felony domestic abusers
After winning unanimous approval in the General Assembly, legislation sponsored by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne and Rep. Gregg Amore to take firearms out of the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence has been signed into law.  
06/24/2016
2017 budget bill signed into law
With Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s signature this morning, the $8.94 billion 2017 state budget bill passed by the General Assembly is now law. The bill includes no broad-based tax increases, provides tax relief to retirees, enhances the state’s economic development tools, fully funds education, significantly scales back a proposal to tax medical marijuana and rolls back parking fees at state beaches to 2011 levels.


 
06/18/2016
Assembly OKs bills aimed at curbing opioid abuse
The General Assembly today gave its approval to a package of legislation aimed at addressing the opioid overdose crisis. The bills will now be forwarded to the governor.  
06/18/2016
General Assembly passes Ackerman bill granting amnesty from alcohol charges to those reporting sexual assault
The General Assembly has passed legislation introduced by Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) to address the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.  
06/18/2016
Assembly passes Rep. Naughton bill to test public drinking water for lead, copper contamination
he General Assembly has passed legislation introduced by Rep. Eileen S. Naughton (D-Dist 21, Warwick) that would protect Rhode Island’s water supply.  
06/16/2016
General Assembly passes ethics reform sponsored by Speaker, Senate President
Reformers call passage a ‘dramatic, historic step forward’
 
The General Assembly today unanimously approved legislation to restore the Ethics Commission’s jurisdiction over lawmakers.