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Rep. Diaz celebrates fifth anniversary of Child Care Awareness Day at State House
Legislators, child care providers, parents, policymakers and members of the public joined together in the State House to recognize their collaborative efforts during the Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care’s (PLCCC) fifth annual Child Care Awareness Day.  
DCYF Reforms pass Senate
The Rhode Island Senate today approved two bills as part of its focus on reform of the state’s child welfare system and policies of the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Rep. Serpa legislation would allow and regulate pharmacies to dispense biological products
Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) has introduced legislation that would allow pharmacies to dispense biological products, which are used to treat high-risk patients who don’t respond to traditional medication  
Rep. Naughton introduces bill to create ombudsman for Rhode Island’s developmentally disabled
A long-time advocate for the developmentally disabled, Rep. Eileen S. Naughton (D-Dist 21, Warwick) has introduced legislation that would create an ombudsman for Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities.  
Off-label drug bill a personal battle for Walaska
Sen. William A. Walaska is sponsoring legislation to provide Rhode Islanders expanded coverage for experimental uses of prescription drugs. The bill’s importance is one he knows all too well, since he is currently recuperating from a bout with leukemia thanks to an experimental new use of a drug.  

Electronic voter registration bill signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Gayle Goldin to make voter registration easier for Rhode Islanders was ceremoniously signed into law today by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. The bill, which the the lawmakers introduced in conjunction with in conjunction with Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea,  will allow Rhode Islanders to register to vote or update their voter information online in time for the November 2016 elections.

Senate passes bills to promote renewable energy
The Rhode Island Senate today passed a trio of bills aimed at promoting job growth in clean energy industries in the state. The bills extend and/or expand nationally recognized programs that foster renewable energy development.