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Senate Republicans announce leadership team
The Senate Republican caucus Tuesday reelected Senator Dennis L. Algiere, (Dist. 38, Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown) as Minority Leader and elected Senator Elaine J. Morgan (Dist. 34, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich), as Minority Whip.  
McCaffrey re-elected Majority Leader, Ruggerio endorsed for re-election as Senate President
Senator Michael J. McCaffrey was unanimously elected to another term as Senate Majority Leader at a Democratic Caucus last week.

Rep. Blazejewski to prefile legislation establishing General Assembly equal employment opportunity officer and Special Committee on Professional Conduct
Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence) plans to prefile
legislation ahead of the 2019 legislative session that would reform the General Assembly’s
policies and procedure relating to sexual harassment and discriminatory harassment by
establishing an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and Special Committee on
Professional Conduct with broad investigatory and disciplinary powers.
Democratic Caucus supports Speaker Mattiello, re-elects Majority Leader Shekarchi and team
The House Democratic Caucus has elected a leadership slate, headed by Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi, for the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.    
New House Minority Leadership Team Announced
House Republicans voted Wednesday to elevate Rep. Blake Filippi (District 36) to the position of Minority Leader. Filippi, who previously served as Minority Whip, has distinguished himself as an ardent defender of individual liberties, government reform, and the small business community in Rhode Island.

Senate Democratic Policy Caucus to Develop Legislation Protecting Rhode Islanders from Conservative Supreme Court
The Senate Democratic Policy Caucus is working in partnership with all Democratic members of the Senate to develop and introduce legislation that will secure into state law protections that many observers view as threatened under a conservative Supreme Court.  
Small business bills ceremonially signed into law
Legislators, the governor and small business owners raised a glass to tout new reforms - including the elimination of the so-called "Keg Tax" -- that will make it easier for small businesses to open and expand in Rhode Island. During the visit to Foolproof Brewery, the governor also ceremonially signed two pieces of legislation approved by the General Assembly earlier this year that will streamline regulations, cut red tape and reduce fees for small businesses.

Bill creating more choices for continued care signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski and passed by the General Assembly to establish an individual provider model for home care in Rhode Island was signed into law by Governor Raimondo. The model will give seniors and people with disabilities another option to be cared for at home where they can continue to be connected to their communities and families. 

Two new laws will increase Narcan availability to prevent overdose deaths
Two bills passed by the General Assembly to help prevent opioid overdose deaths through increased access to Narcan have been signed into law.

Electronic smoking, vaping now included in workplace smoking ban
The use of electronic tobacco delivery products and vaping are now included in Rhode Island’s  workplace smoking ban, under legislation sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and recently signed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.

Explosives laws updated to include IEDs
Legislation sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata to strengthen Rhode Island’s outdated law on bombs and other explosive devices has been signed into law.

Minors now banned from using tanning facilities in R.I.
Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Mia Ackerman to prohibit those under 18 from using tanning facilities in Rhode Island has been signed into law.

Bill requiring insurers to cover mastectomies signed into law
Legislation sponsored by House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi and Sen. Hanna M. Gallo to ensure that mastectomies are covered by insurance in Rhode Island has been signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.

Governor signs Kristen’s Law
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed Kristen’s Law, a bill sponsored by Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Sen. Hanna M. Gallo to strengthen penalties for dealers who sell fatal drug doses.

2019 budget bill becomes law
Following passage by the General Assembly this week, the 2019 state budget bill became law with the governor’s signature today.

Governor signs legislation that would protect DACA Dreamers in Rhode Island
Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed into law legislation that protects Rhode Island Dreamers' ability to obtain drivers licenses during a ceremony at the State House Monday evening.

Rep. Craven and Sen. Lynch Prata’s revenge porn and sextortion legislation signed into law
Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata’s (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) legislation (2018-H 7452A / 2018-S 2581A) that criminalizes revenge porn and sextortion was signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo. 

Red flag bill, bump stocks ban now law
Governor signs bills passed by General Assembly yesterday
STATE HOUSE – Following passage by the General Assembly yesterday, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed into law two bills to prevent gun violence and mass shootings: “red flag” legislation that allows courts to disarm individuals who are believed by law enforcement to represent a violent threat to themselves or others, and a ban on bump stocks and other rapid-fire gun modifications.