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Senate President Ruggerio bill would place moratorium on for-profit hospitals
President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio today filed legislation (2021-S 0007) that would impose a one-year moratorium on hospital conversions involving for-profit corporations as the acquiree or acquiror.

Senate approves, House to consider resolution condemning Capitol violence, calling for Trump’s removal
Resolutions condemning the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol last week and calling for President Donald Trump’s removal from office were introduced in both chambers of the Rhode Island General Assembly today, and the Senate approved its version.

Proposed House rules refine committees, allow members voting flexibility in emergencies such as pandemic
House Rules Committee Chairman Arthur Corvese has introduced legislation proposing new rules for the House of Representatives to allow the Speaker to activate procedures that include remote committee votes and some proxy voting during emergencies such as the current pandemic.

Senate re-elects Ruggerio as president
The Rhode Island Senate today re-elected Dominick J. Ruggerio to the office of President of the Senate during its inaugural meeting of the 2021-22 session. He was first elected to the post in 2017.

Shekarchi elected House Speaker as legislative session begins
Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi was elected Speaker by the Rhode Island House of Representatives as it began the 2021 legislative session today.

Picard elected Senate Deputy President Pro Tempore
Sen. Roger A. Picard was elected Deputy President Pro Tempore today as the Senate convened its 2021 session.

FY 2021 budget bill signed into law after General Assembly passage
Governor Raimondo has signed a pared down state budget for the 2021 fiscal year that restores funding to cities and towns, uses federal coronavirus relief funds to aid struggling Rhode Islanders and does not raise taxes or fees.