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Regunberg and Metts introduce legislation curbing use of solitary confinement in R.I. prisons
Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Harold M. Metts have introduced legislation to reform the controversial use of solitary or “segregated” confinement in the Rhode Island prison system, saying the practice causes psychological damage and often exacerbates the very problems it is intended to address.

Gallison introduces bill to regulate fantasy sports
On the eve of Super Bowl weekend, Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. today introduced legislation that would allow the Department of Business Regulation to license online daily fantasy sports involving the exchange of money.
Federal Funding Strengthens RhodeWorks Legislation
Raimondo, Mattiello, Paiva Weed Highlight Urgency to Pass Legislation, Invest in Infrastructure
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed this afternoon announced revised RhodeWorks legislation that takes into account new federal funding. The legislation puts people back to work repairing our crumbling infrastructure and provides the reliable, sustainable source of revenue necessary to rebuild our bridges, which are ranked the worst in the country. 

Governor signs Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act
STATE HOUSE — Following the swift passage of identical bills in the House and Senate yesterday, Gov.Gina M. Raimondo signed the Good Samaritan Act of 2016 into law today. The law reinstates and expands important legal protections for those who seek medical assistance for individuals experiencing a drug overdose.  
Carbon pricing legislation would steer RI toward cleaner energy while boosting local economy
Backed by a coalition of advocates from the business, environmental and faith communities, Rep. Aaron Regunberg announced legislation he will introduce today to reduce Rhode Island’s reliance on fossil fuels and bolster the state’s clean energy and green business sector.  
Promoting green sector job growth topic of Senate action plan, roundtable discussion
 President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed today hosted a roundtable discussion of a legislative action plan and corresponding legislation intended to promote job growth in green industries in Rhode Island. Entitled “Grow Green Jobs RI,” the action plan focuses on a wide spectrum of industries, including renewable energy, home energy conservation, constructing environmentally sound infrastructure, agriculture, seafood and recycling.  
Rep. Canario introduces GMO labeling act
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) has again this year introduced a bill calling for labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  
General Assembly honors Dorian Murray by proclaiming Jan. 20 #DSTRONG Day
STATE HOUSE — Dorian Murray, the 8-year-old Westerly boy suffering from untreatable cancer who became a worldwide sensation, was honored by both chambers of the General Assembly who declared Jan. 20, 2016, as #DSTRONG Day.  
McNamara submits legislation that would establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) has introduced legislation that would establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights in Rhode Island.

The proposed legislation (2016-H 7081) would authorize the creation of the position of student loan ombudsman within the Division of Higher Education Assistance of the office of the commissioner of postsecondary education.