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Legislators raise minimum wage for tipped workers
The General Assembly today passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Rep. Aaron Regunberg to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers in Rhode Island by $1 over the next two years. The legislation will now be forwarded to the governor.  
Legislation naming state insect heads to governor’s desk
Bill honoring the American burying beetle was lobbied for by third graders
STATE HOUSE – Legislation designating the American burying beetle Rhode Island’s official state insect — a bill initiated by third graders at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport — has passed the General Assembly and is now headed to the governor.

Leaders Ruggerio, DeSimone, Mayor Elorza will work together to develop I-195 tax stabilization agreement
Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio, House Majority Leader John J. DeSimone and the City of Providence announced today that that will work together to develop a tax stabilization agreement, or TSA, for companies that locate in the I-195 Redevelopment District.  
Assembly approves Community-Police Relationship Act
The General Assembly today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Joseph S. Almeida and Sen. Harold M. Metts aimed at improving relations between the community and police. The bill will now be sent to the governor.  
General Assembly approves 2016 state budget
Plan eliminates Social Security tax for many, utility taxes for businesses 

With passage by the Senate today, the General Assembly gave its approval to an $8.7 billion state budget bill that eliminates state income tax on Social Security benefits for many Rhode Islanders, does away with taxes on utilities for businesses, includes the pension settlement and economic and jobs development initiatives and provides funding for school construction and greater tax relief for lower-income families.

Minimum wage bill signed into law
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Erin P. Lynch and Rep. David A. Bennett, raises Rhode Island's minimum hourly wage from $9 to $9.60 effective Jan. 1, 2016.