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Rep. Shekarchi, Speaker Mattiello and Gov. Raimondo focus on job creation
House Committee on Labor Chairman K. Joseph Shekarchi (D- 23, Warwick) was joined by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at a press conference this morning that took place at the InterLink Transportation Hub garage in Warwick, RI, to highlight his legislative proposal, the Rhode Island Qualified Jobs Incentive Program (2015-H 5116), to encourage new and existing companies to grow and add new jobs.
Assembly OKs bill to allow bake sales at polls
The House of Representatives today gave final passage to a Senate bill that will allow bake sales to operate near polling places in Rhode Island. The bill, 2015-S 0058, introduced by Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), now goes to the governor for her consideration. It will expressly allow bake sales to be held "as long as conduct does not interfere with the orderly conduct of the scheduled election."

Students, parents and teachers call for school repairs
Representative Regunberg sponsoring bill to increase funding for school construction and encourage smarter building
Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist. 4, Providence) joined members of the Providence Student Union along with teachers, parents and community members at a State House news conference today to call for increased funding to repair the state’s deteriorating school buildings.

Sen. Raptakis murder/parole bill passes full Senate
The Rhode Island Senate today approved legislation to require individuals convicted of murder to spend more time behind bars before being eligible for parole. Introduced by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich), the bill, 2015-S 0132A, would require individuals convicted of first- or second-degree murder who have not been sentenced to a life term to serve at least 50 percent of a sentence prior to being eligible for parole.

Governor signs campaign finance reform bills into law
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed four pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening campaign finance reform.

Twin River Casino hotel legislation signed into law
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed legislation to clear the path for a hotel at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln. Sponsored in the House of Representatives (2015-H 5798aa) by Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) and in the Senate (2015-S 0649A) by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), and given final passage in both chambers on April 16, the legislation removes a provision in the 2005 public laws that prohibits construction of a hotel at the Lincoln gaming facility.  
Goldin bills would close gaps in wage discrimination law, prohibit discrimination based on ‘familial status’
To mark Unequal Pay Day — a day set aside to raise awareness about the pay gap between men’s and women’s salaries — Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) has announced that she has submitted two pieces of legislation that would implement further protections against unfair labor practices in the state.  
Sen. Goldin, Rep. Ajello introduce legislation allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives
To honor her last request, Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) has introduced the Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act (2015-S 0598), which would provide a legal mechanism for suffering, terminally ill patients who decide to hasten their own death through medication prescribed by a physician.