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Legislative leaders approve up to $300 million in emergency cash flow borrowing
Legislative leaders today approved an emergency measure to borrow up to $300 million to shore up cash flow problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and allow the state to continue to provide vital services.

General Assembly sessions, hearings canceled week of March 30-April 3
The House and Senate sessions and all committee hearings for the week of March 30-April 3 have been canceled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Rep. O'Brien calls on governor to start clinical trials on drugs to treat COVID-19
Rep. William W. O’Brien is calling on the governor to begin clinical trials of drugs that are being found to be effective against the COVID-19 virus after reading about a recently released peer-reviewed medical study.

Senator Lombardi urges Honeywell to hire restaurant and hospitality workers to fill new positions
Welcoming the news that a Smithfield company is ramping up its production of face masks, Rep Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston) is urging Honeywell to draw from restaurant and hospitality workers who have lost their jobs for the company’s new hires.

Rep. Abney and Sen. DiPalma’s motion picture tax credit bill passes General Assembly
Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown) and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2020-H 7247A / 2020-S 2326A) that amends the state’s motion picture tax credit program passed the General Assembly.

Rep. Amore bill that excludes chronic intractable pain from medication prescribing guidelines passed by House
Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2020-H 7398) that would exclude chronic intractable pain from the definition of “acute pain management” for the purposes of prescribing opioid medication was passed by the House of Representatives.

Minimum wage increase signed into law
With the governor’s signature, legislation sponsored by Sen. Erin Lynch Prata and Rep. David A. Bennett to raise the state’s minimum wage by $1 to $11.50 an hour on Oct. 1 has become law.
Bipartisan bill aims to protect Rhode Islanders from prosecution over shoreline access
Rep. Terri Cortvriend and House Minority Leader Blake A. Filippi have proposed legislation to prevent the criminal prosecution of anyone who attempts to exercise their constitutional shoreline rights on a sandy or rocky shore within 10 feet of the most recent high tide line.