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House passes bill to outlaw use of electronic tracking devices in vehicles for purposes of stalking
The House of Representatives voted unanimously today to make it a crime to electronically track a vehicle without the consent of the owner.  
House OKs bill for hotel at Twin River Casino
The House of Representatives today approved legislation to clear the way for construction of a hotel at or near the Twin River Casino in Lincoln. The legislation, 2015-H 5798aa, introduced by Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket), was passed by the House on a vote of .. to ..   The bill provides that construction of a hotel at or in close proximity to Twin River will remain subject to the Town of Lincoln zoning ordinances.

Rep. Regunberg, Sen. Goldin and 'One Fair Wage' coalition urge passage of Tipped Minimum Wage bill
A diverse array of organizations and individuals joined together at a news conference today at the State House to urge passage of legislation to increase the state’s tipped minimum wage. The event marked the formal rollout of “One Fair Wage Rhode Island,” a coalition consisting of community, labor, faith and women’s organizations working to support House bill 2015-H 5364 and Senate bill 2015-S 0291. The legislation would incrementally raise the state’s tipped minimum wage from its current rate of $2.89 per hour between the years 2016 and 2020, starting with an increase to $4.50 per hour on January 1, 2016.

Rep. Lally announces resignation from House
Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown), who has served as a State Representative since 1989, today announced his resignation from the House of Representatives, effective immediately.  
Rep. Amore bill provides opt-out of PARCC testing
Saying that many parents feel it takes too much time away from regular classroom work, Rep. Gregg Amore has introduced legislation to allow parents and guardians of students in RI schools to opt out of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC) assessments and tests. The legislation, 2015-H 5845, calls on the Commissioner of Education to establish an opt-out procedure and to provide to each school in Rhode Island a standardized form that can be sent to parents or guardians informing them of their opt-out rights.

Sen. Nesselbush calls for labeling of genetically modified products
Since there is currently no federal or Rhode Island requirement that genetically engineered foods be labeled, Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) has introduced a bill calling for labeling of food products that contain GMOs.  
Rep. Ucci bills offer incentives to investors in RI businesses
Rep. Stephen R Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston), a member of the House Committee on Labor, has introduced a package of three bills, united in their intent to grow business, and grow jobs, in Rhode Island. The three bills would provide various kinds of incentives to manufacturers, to venture capitalists and to "angel investors," individuals or groups or networks of people who provide capital for a business start-up or who consult or mentor new businesses.  
Pichardo bill would give housing priority to veterans
Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence) has submitted legislation that would give homeless veterans an edge when seeking public housing assistance. The bill would give veterans a priority for housing rental subsidy and housing retention assistance by amending the Rhode Island Housing Resource Act.