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Shekarchi appoints House task force for COVID-19 vaccine
Speaker-nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi today announced the establishment of a House of Representatives task force to oversee the state’s implementation of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Senate hosting coat drive for homeless
Public asked to drop off winter gear at State House

The Rhode Island Senate and housing advocates are teaming up to collect coats and other warm essentials at the State House. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24, and running through Dec. 4, anyone with clean, new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots or blankets is asked to bring them to the State House Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Corvese bill would establish procedure for filling lieutenant governor vacancy
Rep. Arthur J. Corvese today announced he will file legislation at the start of the 2021 legislative session to settle a question about what happens when the lieutenant governor’s position becomes vacant midterm.

McCaffrey reelected as Majority Leader; Ruggerio wins endorsement of Democratic Caucus for reelection as President of the Senate
The Rhode Island Senate’s Democrats caucused at the Providence Marriott tonight and reelected Senator Michael J. McCaffrey to another term as Senate Majority Leader. They also endorsed Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio as the Caucus nominee for President of the Senate. The vote for President of the Senate will be taken by all members of the Chamber on the first day of the 2021-2022 session.

House Democratic Caucus Endorses Shekarchi, Blazejewski to Lead Chamber
 The House Democratic Caucus endorsed Majority K. Joseph Shekarchi to serve as the Speaker of the House for the 2021-22 legislative session. The caucus, at a meeting tonight at the Crowne Plaza, elected Deputy Whip Christopher R. Blazejewski to serve as the Majority Leader for the 2021-22 session.

Sen. Lombardi to introduce bill to give family caregivers access to residents in nursing homes during pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to tragically separate nursing home residents from their families, one state senator, Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), plans to introduce legislation that would give family members access to their loved ones in nursing homes during emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaker Mattiello introduces bill to allow restaurants to sell takeout alcohol through the end of 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the restaurant industry, Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) has introduced  legislation that will allow restaurants to continue the practice of selling alcohol with takeout orders through the end of 2021.

Statement from Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Ruggerio, and Governor Raimondo on the FY21 Budget and Bond Initiatives
Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello, President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio, and Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released a joint statement on the FY21 budget and bond initiatives.