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06/22/2017
House approves 2018 budget bill
The House of Representatives voted 64-11 today to approve a $9.2 billion 2018 state budget that eliminates the $134 million shortfall that opened up in May, funds the first year of a six-year phase-out of the car tax, raises the minimum wage, restores free bus fares for low-income elderly and disabled people, includes a pilot program to provide two years of free tuition at CCRI and once again does not include any broad-based tax increases.


 
06/22/2017
Bill requiring rear-facing car seats for kids under 2 now law
Children under 2 will be required to be restrained in rear-facing car seats under a bill passed by the General Assembly last week and now signed by the governor.


 
05/31/2017
Senate passes Ruggerio bill to improve transparency of I-195 Redevelopment Commission
he Rhode Island Senate today unanimously passed legislation (2017-S-0850 Sub. A) by President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio to increase the transparency of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission, the panel charged with overseeing development of the prime downtown Providence real estate made available through the relocation of the highway.


 
05/31/2017
Sen. Lynch Prata’s package of election legislation passes Senate
Sen. Erin Lynch Prata’s (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) package of legislation that aims to make election days in Rhode Island run more efficiently and smoother passed the Senate.  The three bills deal with primary officials, instruction on new voting machines, and election equipment availability.



 
05/31/2017
Rep. Craven’s bill that adds ‘sexual exploitation’ to the domestic abuse prevention law passes House
Rep. Robert E. Craven’s (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) legislation (2017-H 5990A) that would add the definition of “sexual exploitation” to the domestic abuse prevention law which would include acts by any person who willfully encourages, aids or coerces any child under the age of 18 to engage in commercial sex acts was passed by the House of Representatives.




 
05/31/2017
Rep. Coughlin’s bill that automatically registers people to vote at DMV passes House
Rep. David A. Coughlin’s (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) legislation (2017-H 5702A) that provides that persons who apply to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver's license, its renewal or personal identification document shall simultaneously register to vote, unless they expressly decline to do so, passed the House of Representatives.




 
05/30/2017
House approves ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for children
The House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Edith H. Ajello banning “conversion therapy” on children by licensed health care or human services professionals.  
05/30/2017
Speaker Mattiello introduces bill to eliminate car tax
Delivering upon a promise he made to Rhode Island at the start of this legislative session, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello today introduced legislation to eliminate the excise tax on motor vehicles throughout Rhode Island.