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Senate approves bills aimed at opioid crisis
The Senate today gave its approval to a package of legislation aimed at addressing the opioid overdose crisis. 

Senate votes to add post traumatic stress disorder to list of conditions treatable with medical marijuana
The Senate voted to approve legislation introduced by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston) that would add post traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that may be treated with medical marijuana.  
Assembly OKs bill to outlaw use of electronic tracking devices in vehicles for purposes of stalking
With a final Senate vote today, the General Assembly unanimously voted to make it a crime to electronically track a vehicle without the consent of the owner. The legislation (2016-H 7002A2016-S 2596A), sponsored by the House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin, will now be sent to the governor.

Rep. Edwards introduces bill to regulate transportation network companies, such as Uber
With the astonishing growth of transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, House Majority Whip John G. Edwards wants to make sure it’s a smooth road ahead.
House passes Rep. Fogarty bill requiring schools to have at least 20-minutes of free play recess
The House of Representatives has passed legislation introduced by Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty (D-Dist. 35, South Kingstown) that would require elementary schools to have at least 20 minutes of free play recess during the school day.  
Speaker Mattiello introduces legislation for Ethics Commission oversight of legislature
Legislation seeks voter approval of constitutional amendment granting Ethics Commission jurisdiction over General Assembly
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello introduced legislation to broaden the powers of the state’s Ethics Commission over the legislature today. The legislation seeks elimination of legislative immunity from Ethics Commission oversight through a constitutional amendment.

Abney to lead House Finance Committee
Speaker makes several appointments: Serpa becomes  Oversight chairwoman and Ruggiero to lead Small Business 
House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello today announced the appointment of Rep. Marvin L. Abney of Newport as chairman of the House Finance Committee. He also announced several other committee appointments, including the appointment of Rep. Patricia Serpa of West Warwick as chairwoman of the Oversight Committee and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero of Jamestown as chairwoman of the Small Business Committee.

DCYF Reforms pass Senate
The Rhode Island Senate today approved two bills as part of its focus on reform of the state’s child welfare system and policies of the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Electronic voter registration bill signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Gayle Goldin to make voter registration easier for Rhode Islanders was ceremoniously signed into law today by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. The bill, which the the lawmakers introduced in conjunction with in conjunction with Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea,  will allow Rhode Islanders to register to vote or update their voter information online in time for the November 2016 elections.

Senate passes bills to promote renewable energy
The Rhode Island Senate today passed a trio of bills aimed at promoting job growth in clean energy industries in the state. The bills extend and/or expand nationally recognized programs that foster renewable energy development.