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Speaker, President join in announcing major Pawtucket redevelopment project
House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio joined Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien and other state and local leaders today to announce the largest economic development project in Pawtucket’s history, made possible by legislation passed by the General Assembly in June.

Contract awarded for gaming proposal study
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and House Republican Leader Blake Filippi today announced that Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC has been awarded the contract for conducting the independent study on the 20-year gaming proposal under consideration by the Rhode Island General Assembly.
Governor signs bill allowing gay, transgender discharges to be recorded as honorable
Gov. Gina Raimondo today ceremonially signed legislation introduced by Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) and Sen. Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) that extends veterans’ benefits to gay or transgender members of the armed forces who failed to receive honorable discharges.

Rep. McEntee honored with Spotlight Award by Day One
Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) was honored by Day One with the organization’s Spotlight Award at the third annual Dine for Day One event held on October 24 at the Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket.  Representative McEntee, along with her sister, Dr. Ann Hagan Webb, were honored due to their sponsorship and advocacy for a new law that extends the civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims.

Bill limiting noncompetition agreements signed
A ceremonial signing was held today for new law sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and House Deputy Majority Whip Christopher R. Blazejewski that makes noncompetition agreements unenforceable against hourly and low-wage employees as well as children and college students.  
House Republicans call for independent study on IGT contract extension and Twin River counter proposal
House Republican Finance Committee members called for an independent study on the proposed IGT 20-year contract extension and the competing proposal from Twin River, Camelot, and Intralot.

Student Loan Bill of Rights bill signed
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Dawn Euer and Rep. Joseph M. McNamara to protect student loan borrowers and establish oversight of student loan servicers operating in Rhode Island has been ceremonially signed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.

Education reform bills that realign curriculum, fast-track principals, increase accountability signed
Four education reform bills passed by the General Assembly have been ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo today at Cranston High School West.  
Senate Finance Committee to host public hearings on proposed lottery contract extension
The Senate Finance Committee will host a series of public hearings starting later this month to review the proposed contract extension for IGT Global Solutions Corporation. 

Speaker Mattiello, President Ruggerio request IGT documents from Governor
Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello and President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio today delivered a joint letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo requesting additional information in advance of public hearings on the proposed 20-year contract extension for International Game Technologies (IGT).  
Rep. McEntee and Sen. Nesselbush’s bill to extend civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse ceremonially signed into law
Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush’s (Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) legislation (2019-H 5171B / 2019-S 0315Aaa) that amends the state’s civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse was ceremonially signed into law by the governor today in the State Room of the State House. 

Natural hair braiders bill signed
Natural hair braiders are now exempt from having to become licensed hairdressers and cosmeticians under a new law passed by the General Assembly and ceremonially signed into law by the governor today at Salon 361 in Providence.

Bills signed into law to support Alzheimer’s care, prevent abuse
The governor has signed into law several pieces of legislation passed by the General Assembly to better support Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to protect against elder abuse.

New law creates teams to prevent violence at schools
Panels are to ensure warning signs aren’t missed
A new law sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Hanna M. Gallo will increase school safety by creating threat assessment teams in schools to serve as the “boots on the ground” in identifying potentially threatening behavior by those in the school community.