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05/24/2018
Red flag bill, bump stocks ban pass Senate
The Senate today approved two bills to prevent gun violence and mass shootings, a ban on bump stocks and other rapid-fire gun modifications and “red flag” legislation that allows courts to disarm individuals who are believed by law enforcement to represent a violent threat to themselves or others.


 
05/16/2018
Miller to introduce updated marijuana regulation bill
Sen. Joshua Miller intends to introduce legislation today that draws upon the experiences of states where marijuana has been legalized to create a system to tax and regulate marijuana in Rhode Island.


 
05/03/2018
Speaker introduces bill to update state explosives laws to include IEDs
House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello today introduced legislation to strengthen Rhode Island’s outdated law on bombs and other explosive devices.




 
04/25/2018
Senate passes Goodwin bill to make sexual abuse reporting law more effective
Making sure kids are protected from sexual abuse is important, says Sen. Maryellen Goodwin, and legislation to make a law she sponsored to require school officials to report sexual abuse more effective has passed the Rhode Island Senate with a unanimous vote.



 
01/17/2014
Senate leaders to issue 'Rhode to Work' report, unveil workforce development action plan
The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday will release a legislative action plan to meet the needs of today’s unemployed at a news conference on Tuesday. The report and legislation seek to repair a system which is leaving many workers without the skills needed to succeed in a modern economy, and to provide job seekers a clear and accessible “road to work.”
 
01/17/2014
Senate leaders to issue 'Rhode to Work' report, unveil workforce development action plan
The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday will release a legislative action plan to meet the needs of today’s unemployed at a news conference on Tuesday. The report and legislation seek to repair a system which is leaving many workers without the skills needed to succeed in a modern economy, and to provide job seekers a clear and accessible “road to work.”
 
01/17/2014
Senate leaders to issue 'Rhode to Work' report, unveil workforce development action plan
The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday will release a legislative action plan to meet the needs of today’s unemployed at a news conference on Tuesday. The report and legislation seek to repair a system which is leaving many workers without the skills needed to succeed in a modern economy, and to provide job seekers a clear and accessible “road to work.”
 
01/17/2014
Senate leaders to issue 'Rhode to Work' report, unveil workforce development action plan
The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday will release a legislative action plan to meet the needs of today’s unemployed at a news conference on Tuesday. The report and legislation seek to repair a system which is leaving many workers without the skills needed to succeed in a modern economy, and to provide job seekers a clear and accessible “road to work.”
 
01/17/2014
Amore legislation would establish task force to evaluate Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Amid ongoing turmoil over the replacement of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) with a new exam based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) has submitted a bill <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText14/HouseText14/H7095.pdf" target="new">(2013-H 7095)</a> creating a task force to evaluate the system so students, teachers, parents and administrators can – at the very least – fully understand the implications of the new system.
 
01/17/2014
Amore legislation would establish task force to evaluate Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Amid ongoing turmoil over the replacement of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) with a new exam based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) has submitted a bill <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText14/HouseText14/H7095.pdf" target="new">(2013-H 7095)</a> creating a task force to evaluate the system so students, teachers, parents and administrators can – at the very least – fully understand the implications of the new system.
 
01/17/2014
Amore legislation would establish task force to evaluate Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Amid ongoing turmoil over the replacement of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) with a new exam based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) has submitted a bill <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText14/HouseText14/H7095.pdf" target="new">(2013-H 7095)</a> creating a task force to evaluate the system so students, teachers, parents and administrators can – at the very least – fully understand the implications of the new system.
 
01/17/2014
Amore legislation would establish task force to evaluate Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Amid ongoing turmoil over the replacement of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) with a new exam based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) has submitted a bill <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText14/HouseText14/H7095.pdf" target="new">(2013-H 7095)</a> creating a task force to evaluate the system so students, teachers, parents and administrators can – at the very least – fully understand the implications of the new system.
 
01/15/2014
Rep. O'Brien bill eases annual teacher evaluation rule
The Rhode Island teacher evaluation system requires principals in the schools to evaluate every teacher every year, and it is expected that each of those evaluations cover a period of about 15 hours. Rep. William W. O’Brien, himself an educator, thinks that requirement is excessive and foists an enormous amount of work on a school principal, who has many other time-consuming responsibilities. To help ease the process, he has introduced legislation that will establish a sliding scale, of sorts, for the evaluations.


 
01/15/2014
Rep. O'Brien bill eases annual teacher evaluation rule
The Rhode Island teacher evaluation system requires principals in the schools to evaluate every teacher every year, and it is expected that each of those evaluations cover a period of about 15 hours. Rep. William W. O’Brien, himself an educator, thinks that requirement is excessive and foists an enormous amount of work on a school principal, who has many other time-consuming responsibilities. To help ease the process, he has introduced legislation that will establish a sliding scale, of sorts, for the evaluations.


 
01/15/2014
Rep. O'Brien bill eases annual teacher evaluation rule
The Rhode Island teacher evaluation system requires principals in the schools to evaluate every teacher every year, and it is expected that each of those evaluations cover a period of about 15 hours. Rep. William W. O’Brien, himself an educator, thinks that requirement is excessive and foists an enormous amount of work on a school principal, who has many other time-consuming responsibilities. To help ease the process, he has introduced legislation that will establish a sliding scale, of sorts, for the evaluations.


 
01/15/2014
Rep. O'Brien bill eases annual teacher evaluation rule
The Rhode Island teacher evaluation system requires principals in the schools to evaluate every teacher every year, and it is expected that each of those evaluations cover a period of about 15 hours. Rep. William W. O’Brien, himself an educator, thinks that requirement is excessive and foists an enormous amount of work on a school principal, who has many other time-consuming responsibilities. To help ease the process, he has introduced legislation that will establish a sliding scale, of sorts, for the evaluations.


 
01/15/2014
Rep. Craven proposes increase in estate tax threshold
Rep. Robert E. Craven knows that, becuse of sophisticated estate planning techniques, the Rhode Island estate tax has little if any impact on the very wealthy. The true burden, he says, falls on small business owners, small farms, owners of forest and shoreline property, middle-class families of decedents whose estates were not all that large. He has again introduced legisaltion to increase the threshold above which the tax can be applied to $2 million.  
01/15/2014
Rep. Craven proposes increase in estate tax threshold
Rep. Robert E. Craven knows that, becuse of sophisticated estate planning techniques, the Rhode Island estate tax has little if any impact on the very wealthy. The true burden, he says, falls on small business owners, small farms, owners of forest and shoreline property, middle-class families of decedents whose estates were not all that large. He has again introduced legisaltion to increase the threshold above which the tax can be applied to $2 million.  
01/15/2014
Rep. Craven proposes increase in estate tax threshold
Rep. Robert E. Craven knows that, becuse of sophisticated estate planning techniques, the Rhode Island estate tax has little if any impact on the very wealthy. The true burden, he says, falls on small business owners, small farms, owners of forest and shoreline property, middle-class families of decedents whose estates were not all that large. He has again introduced legisaltion to increase the threshold above which the tax can be applied to $2 million.  
01/15/2014
Rep. Craven proposes increase in estate tax threshold
Rep. Robert E. Craven knows that, becuse of sophisticated estate planning techniques, the Rhode Island estate tax has little if any impact on the very wealthy. The true burden, he says, falls on small business owners, small farms, owners of forest and shoreline property, middle-class families of decedents whose estates were not all that large. He has again introduced legisaltion to increase the threshold above which the tax can be applied to $2 million.  
01/14/2014
Walsh proposes statewide food-waste collection
Legislation introduced by Rep. Donna M. Walsh would sow the seeds for more widespread composting and reduction of food-scrap waste in Rhode Island.
 
01/14/2014
Walsh proposes statewide food-waste collection
Legislation introduced by Rep. Donna M. Walsh would sow the seeds for more widespread composting and reduction of food-scrap waste in Rhode Island.
 
01/14/2014
Walsh proposes statewide food-waste collection
Legislation introduced by Rep. Donna M. Walsh would sow the seeds for more widespread composting and reduction of food-scrap waste in Rhode Island.
 
01/14/2014
Walsh proposes statewide food-waste collection
Legislation introduced by Rep. Donna M. Walsh would sow the seeds for more widespread composting and reduction of food-scrap waste in Rhode Island.
 
01/14/2014
MEDIA ADVISORY: East Bay bridge commission members will submit infrastructure report, personal statements
The Special Legislative Commission to Study the Funding for East Bay Bridges will convene Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House. Commission members will have the opportunity to present personal statements they submitted for inclusion in the report regarding alternative funding for bridges and infrastructure in Rhode Island. Under legislation passed last year, the panel was asked to report its findings by Jan. 15. Those findings will also be reviewed.
 
01/14/2014
MEDIA ADVISORY: East Bay bridge commission members will submit infrastructure report, personal statements
The Special Legislative Commission to Study the Funding for East Bay Bridges will convene Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House. Commission members will have the opportunity to present personal statements they submitted for inclusion in the report regarding alternative funding for bridges and infrastructure in Rhode Island. Under legislation passed last year, the panel was asked to report its findings by Jan. 15. Those findings will also be reviewed.
 
01/14/2014
MEDIA ADVISORY: East Bay bridge commission members will submit infrastructure report, personal statements
The Special Legislative Commission to Study the Funding for East Bay Bridges will convene Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House. Commission members will have the opportunity to present personal statements they submitted for inclusion in the report regarding alternative funding for bridges and infrastructure in Rhode Island. Under legislation passed last year, the panel was asked to report its findings by Jan. 15. Those findings will also be reviewed.
 
01/14/2014
MEDIA ADVISORY: East Bay bridge commission members will submit infrastructure report, personal statements
The Special Legislative Commission to Study the Funding for East Bay Bridges will convene Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House. Commission members will have the opportunity to present personal statements they submitted for inclusion in the report regarding alternative funding for bridges and infrastructure in Rhode Island. Under legislation passed last year, the panel was asked to report its findings by Jan. 15. Those findings will also be reviewed.
 
01/09/2014
Rep. Shekarchi: Any budget surplus should be shared with cities, towns
Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick has introduced legislation requiring that 50 percent of any state surplus be distributed to cities and towns under the existing aid to cities and towns fomula and that the municipalities use those funds only to pay for unfunded liabilities, bond debt or pension programs.  
01/09/2014
Rep. Shekarchi: Any budget surplus should be shared with cities, towns
Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick has introduced legislation requiring that 50 percent of any state surplus be distributed to cities and towns under the existing aid to cities and towns fomula and that the municipalities use those funds only to pay for unfunded liabilities, bond debt or pension programs.  
01/09/2014
Rep. Shekarchi: Any budget surplus should be shared with cities, towns
Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick has introduced legislation requiring that 50 percent of any state surplus be distributed to cities and towns under the existing aid to cities and towns fomula and that the municipalities use those funds only to pay for unfunded liabilities, bond debt or pension programs.  
01/09/2014
Rep. Shekarchi: Any budget surplus should be shared with cities, towns
Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick has introduced legislation requiring that 50 percent of any state surplus be distributed to cities and towns under the existing aid to cities and towns fomula and that the municipalities use those funds only to pay for unfunded liabilities, bond debt or pension programs.  
01/09/2014
Legislation addresses technical changes necessitated by Commerce Corporation name change
Legislation has been introduced to correct minor technical changes in the law enacted last year re-branding the RI Economic Development Corporation as the Commerce Corporation. The amendments clarify that the EDC is changing its name to, but not being replaced by, the Commerce Corporation and adds additional language which extends the name change to important documents such as bylaws and regulations.  
01/09/2014
Legislation addresses technical changes necessitated by Commerce Corporation name change
Legislation has been introduced to correct minor technical changes in the law enacted last year re-branding the RI Economic Development Corporation as the Commerce Corporation. The amendments clarify that the EDC is changing its name to, but not being replaced by, the Commerce Corporation and adds additional language which extends the name change to important documents such as bylaws and regulations.  
01/09/2014
Legislation addresses technical changes necessitated by Commerce Corporation name change
Legislation has been introduced to correct minor technical changes in the law enacted last year re-branding the RI Economic Development Corporation as the Commerce Corporation. The amendments clarify that the EDC is changing its name to, but not being replaced by, the Commerce Corporation and adds additional language which extends the name change to important documents such as bylaws and regulations.  
01/09/2014
Legislation addresses technical changes necessitated by Commerce Corporation name change
Legislation has been introduced to correct minor technical changes in the law enacted last year re-branding the RI Economic Development Corporation as the Commerce Corporation. The amendments clarify that the EDC is changing its name to, but not being replaced by, the Commerce Corporation and adds additional language which extends the name change to important documents such as bylaws and regulations.  
01/08/2014
Ruggerio introduces legislation to prohibit state from using pension funds for legal fees in reform lawsuit
Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of retirement system funds to pay the state’s legal cost in its defense of the unions’ court challenge of pension reforms enacted into law in 2011, or similar cases that may arise.
 
01/08/2014
Ruggerio introduces legislation to prohibit state from using pension funds for legal fees in reform lawsuit
Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of retirement system funds to pay the state’s legal cost in its defense of the unions’ court challenge of pension reforms enacted into law in 2011, or similar cases that may arise.
 
01/08/2014
Ruggerio introduces legislation to prohibit state from using pension funds for legal fees in reform lawsuit
Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of retirement system funds to pay the state’s legal cost in its defense of the unions’ court challenge of pension reforms enacted into law in 2011, or similar cases that may arise.
 
01/08/2014
Ruggerio introduces legislation to prohibit state from using pension funds for legal fees in reform lawsuit
Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of retirement system funds to pay the state’s legal cost in its defense of the unions’ court challenge of pension reforms enacted into law in 2011, or similar cases that may arise.