Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Search Press Release

Date From:
Select a date from the calendar.
Date To:
Select a date from the calendar.

Weekly Roundups  

View all Recent Press Releases
Ajello, DiPalma sponsor bill to eliminate ‘tampon tax’ in RI
Rep. Edith Ajello and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma are once again pushing for Rhode Island to exempt menstrual products from the state sales tax.

Rep. Diaz to host celebration of 175 years of Dominican Republic independence, heritage
In conjunction with the Dominican Independence and Heritage Award Committee of Rhode Island, Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence) and former state Sen. Juan Pichardo will host the Dominican Republic Independence Anniversary and Heritage Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Providence Marriott Hotel at 1 Orms St.

Rep. O’Brien reintroduces ‘Teachers Bill of Rights’ legislation
Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) has reintroduced legislation (2019-H 5366) that would create a comprehensive bill of rights for school teachers in Rhode Island.

Senate President Ruggerio and Rep. O’Brien introduce bill that includes pets in domestic protective orders
President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) and Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) have introduced legislation (2019-S 0225 / 2019-H 5023) that would expand Family Court jurisdiction to enter protective orders to provide for the safety and welfare of household pets in domestic abuse situations.

Housing discrimination report points to need for legislation
A regional housing nonprofit released a report this week that found rampant discrimination against Rhode Island housing voucher recipients, and urged the adoption of legislation sponsored by Sen. Harold M. Metts and Rep. Anastasia P. Williams to prevent it.

Quezada bill would add 1-percent tax to hookah, vaping products for tobacco education programs
Sen. Ana B. Quezada has introduced legislation to add a 1-percent tax on the sale of hookah and vaping products to raise money for municipalities to educate people about the dangers associated with those products.

State Senate votes to allow mobile sports wagering; measure moves to House of Representatives
The Rhode Island Senate today approved legislation introduced by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) that would allow mobile sports wagering through the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.

General Assembly session, committee meetings canceled due to inclement weather forecast
House and Senate sessions, as well as all committee and commission hearings in both chambers, are canceled for this afternoon, Tuesday, Feb. 12, due to expected inclement weather.

Sen. Coyne files legislation to ban 3-D printed guns
Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne has introduced legislation that would ban 3-D printed firearms in Rhode Island.

Rep. Kazarian introduces bill to change solemnization of marriage process
Rep. Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence) has introduced legislation (2019-H 5238) that would authorize the governor to designate a justice of the peace in each city or town to solemnize marriages.  Currently, legislation must be passed by the full General Assembly in order for an ordinary citizen to preside over a marriage ceremony.

Oversight Committee blasts transportation company; gives all parties three weeks to sort things out
The House Committee on Oversight met Thursday to review hundreds of complaints lodged against a new vendor that provides transportation to Medicaid beneficiaries, the elderly and handicapped. At the conclusion of the hearing, the panel gave all parties involved three weeks to correct all problems by the time the Oversight Committee meets again on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Sen. Seveney legislation would imposes substance abuse education fines on those who drink and drive
Sen.  James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) has introduced legislation that would impose a substance abuse fine for those who drive under the influence.

Rep. Canario introduces bill to impose $300 assessment for DUI conviction to fund substance abuse programs
Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) has introduced legislation (2019-H 5293) that would impose a $300 substance abuse education assessment for any conviction of driving under the influence or refusal to submit to a breathalyzer.

Deputy Speaker Lima introduces bill to address panhandling problem
Calling the Panhandling problem “a growing public safety hazard, especially in light of the last December tragic stabbing of a native Rhode Islander in Baltimore by a panhandler, and a growing burden on businesses,” Representative Lima today called for a statewide solution to the problem of panhandling.”

Rep. Casimiro reintroduces bill to require gas, electric and cable credits for prolonged outages
Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) has reintroduced legislation (2019-H 5313) that would require utility and cable companies to provide bill credits to customers after service is interrupted for 168 hours within a 30 day period.

Goldin introduces elections bills aimed at increasing access to voting, running for office
Sen. Gayle L. Goldin today introduced a package of elections and campaign finance bills aimed at improving voter access, requiring disclosure of presidential candidates’ tax returns and making it easier for ordinary people to run for office.