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09/19/2017
General Assembly passes package of bills to overhaul probation, parole system
The Rhode Island General Assembly today passed several bills introduced by Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick) and Representatives Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown), Edith H. Ajello (D-Dist. 1, Providence), Joseph S. Almeida (D-Dist. 12, Providence) and Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence) that would overhaul Rhode Island’s pension and parole system.


 
09/19/2017
Sick time bill passes General Assembly
With final votes in both chambers today, Rhode Island lawmakers approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Aaron Regunberg to give earn paid sick time to more than 100,000 employees in the state as well as protecting all workers from retaliation for taking time off to care for themselves or a loved one.


 
09/19/2017
Assembly OKs domestic violence gun safety measure
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi and Sen. Harold M. Metts to protect victims of domestic violence by disarming their abusers cleared the General Assembly today. It will now be sent to the governor’s desk.


 
09/05/2017
Euer sworn into Rhode Island Senate
Sen. Dawn Euer was sworn into the Rhode Island Senate today at a ceremony at the State House.



 
08/31/2017
Rep. Serpa ‘outraged’ with failure of officials to provide information on troubled UHIP system
Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick), chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, said she is “outraged and losing patience” with the Department of Human Services’ failure to provide requested information to both the committee and federal agencies regarding the botched rollout of a new computer system last year that determines eligibility of households receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.

 
08/31/2017
State leaders, AAA praise passage of new child passenger safety law
Legislative and highway safety leaders joined AAA Northeast today to promote a new child passenger safety law requiring that children remain in rear-facing child safety seats until they reach age 2.


 
08/29/2017
Sen. Nesselbush and Rep. Ajello bill banning youth conversion therapy signed into law
Legislation (2017-S 0267A / 2017-H 5277A) introduced by Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush and Rep. Edith H. Ajello that prohibits licensed health care professionals from practicing conversion therapy on patients under the age of 18 years old was signed into law today at a ceremonial bill signing by the governor. 



 
08/28/2017
Senate Finance Committee to conduct series of hearings on PawSox stadium proposal
 The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a series of hearings, both at the State House and at locations around the state, to review legislation that would provide public support for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
 

 
08/09/2017
Bills supporting clean energy growth signed into law
Flanked by General Assembly sponsors, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed into law today several bills promoting clean energy growth in Rhode Island. 





 
08/07/2017
Governor signs several bills into law that deal with opioid crisis
Today, at a ceremonial bill signing held at The Providence Center-Recovery Navigation Program, Governor Gina Raimondo signed several bills into law that will help combat the state’s opioid crisis.  In attendance at the ceremony were the legislative sponsors of the five bills and Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott.



 
08/03/2017
Senate approves, governor signs 2018 budget bill
The Senate today approved and the governor signed into law a $9.2 billion 2018 state budget bill that includes excise tax relief, along with a separate bill protecting taxpayers in case the economy sours.


 
07/20/2017
Comprehensive human trafficking bill becomes law
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne and Rep. Shelby Maldonado to help prevent human trafficking and apprehend its perpetrators in Rhode Island and across the country has been signed into law.


 
07/20/2017
Sen. Crowley and Rep. Craven bill to fix loophole in Madeline Walker tax lien program signed into law
Legislation introduced by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) and Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) to close a loophole in the Madeline Walker tax lien program, administrated by the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, has been signed into law by the governor.



 
07/20/2017
Sen. Lynch Prata and Rep. Lombardi’s grandparent rights bill signed into law
Legislation introduced by Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) and Rep. John J. Lombardi (D-Dist. 8, Providence) that establishes guidelines for the Family Court to use in order to decide on petitions for visitation by grandparents has been signed into law by the governor. 



 
07/20/2017
Automatic voter registration signed into law
Legislation introduced by Rep. David A. Coughlin (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) that will allow people to automatically register to vote when applying for a driver's license, its renewal or a personal identification document has been signed into law by the governor.



 
07/20/2017
Sen. Crowley and Rep. Tanzi bill that expands RIPTA border service signed into law
Legislation introduced by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) and Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) that enables RIPTA to expand service options over the Massachusetts and Connecticut borders has been signed into law by the governor.



 
07/20/2017
Sen. Lynch Prata and Rep. Casimiro bill to expand eligibility for Gold Star Families license plate signed into law
Legislation introduced by Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) and Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) that would expand the eligibility for a special license plate for Gold Star Families was signed into law by the governor.


 
07/11/2017
Sen. Lombardo and Rep. Amore bill to require insurance coverage for non-opioid pain treatments signed into law
Legislation introduced by Sen. Frank Lombardo III (D-Dist. 25, Johnston) and Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) that requires insurance reimbursement for chiropractic and osteopathic non-opioid treatments for pain has been signed into law by the governor.


 
07/11/2017
Bill that bans hand-held cell phone use by drivers is signed into law
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation that outlaws the use of any non-hands-free personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, except for public safety personnel or in emergency situations. The new law goes into effect June 1, 2018.


 
07/10/2017
Bill enhancing transparency of I-195 Commission now law
Legislation sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi to increase transparency of I-195 Commission meetings is now law.


 
07/07/2017
Rep. O’Brien’s legislation to restore RIPTA no-fare bus passes for low-income seniors and disabled signed into law
Rep. William W. O’Brien’s (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) bill (2017-H 5241A) that restores free bus passes for low-income seniors and disabled individuals has been signed into law by the governor.


 
07/07/2017
Rep. Craven and Sen. Lombardi’s bill that protects workers’ pay from unauthorized deductions signed into law
Legislation introduced by Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) and Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston) that prohibits employers from making deductions from an employee’s wages without written authorization from the worker has been signed into law by the governor.