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Volvo Ocean Race to Sail Back into Rhode Island for Only North American Stopover in 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, in partnership with Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, joined Volvo Ocean Race and Sail Newport today to announce the return of the Volvo Ocean Race to Newport in 2018. Rhode Island will again be the only North American stopover port for the grand prix sailing event.  
Raimondo, Mattiello, Paiva Weed Launch New Programs To Make it Easier to Do Business in RI
Job Creation and Real Estate Incentive Applications Now Available

Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and Governor Gina M. Raimondotoday launched new incentive programs aimed at spurring economic growth across Rhode Island.

Shekarchi & Walaska legislation that gives RISPCA custody of seized dogs that are trained to attack or fight signed by Governor
STATE HOUSE — Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi’s and Sen. William A. Walaska’s legislation that gives the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals custody of seized dogs was signed by the Governor into law during a ceremonial bill signing.  
Cranston bridge renamed in honor of former legislator Raymond Durfee
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Hanna Gallo and Rep. Robert Jacquard welcomed the family and friends of the late Raymond Durfee to a dedication ceremony held on Saturday, Oct. 17 to rename the Pocasset River Bridge to The Honorable Raymond M. Durfee Bridge.    
Sexual assault commission has inaugural meeting; Rep. Ackerman elected chairwoman
STATE HOUSE — A special House commission to study the issue of sexual assault on college campuses convened its first meeting today, electing Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) as its chairwoman.  
Gallison to introduce drone legislation
Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. says he plans to reintroduce and renew his push for legislation to set limits on drone use in Rhode Island.  
Rep. Shekarchi petitions Feds to regulate drones
STATE HOUSE – Amid concerns brought to him by constituents, business owners and local aviation authorities, Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi has written to United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging the federal government to formulate regulations for drone usage in Rhode Island.  Representative Shekarchi’s primary concern revolves around an increasing presence of drones near T.F. Green airport, which resides in his legislative district.  
New law protects right to hang religious artifacts in doorways
A new law passed by the General Assembly protects the right of tenants and condominium dwellers to hang religious artifacts in their doorways without interference from condo associations or landlords.  
Governor signs bill requiring health insurers to use American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria
STATE HOUSE — Gov. Gina Raimondo today ceremonially signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Patricia Serpa and Sen. Joshua Miller that sets guidelines for health insurers in coverage of residential or inpatient services for addiction treatment.  
First benefit corporations taking root in R.I.
Two years after the General Assembly enacted Rep. Teresa Tanzi’s bill allowing benefit corporations, Rhode Island now has its first legally registered "B corps,”  led by entrepreneurs who want their businesses to succeed not only in profitably making products, but also in helping the earth and the people on it.

Governor signs tipped minimum wage increase into law
Gov. Gina Raimondo today signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) and Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist.4, Providence) to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers in Rhode Island by $1 over the next two years.
‘Identity Theft Protection’ legislation signed into law
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s and Rep. Stephen R. Ucci’s ‘Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015’ legislation was signed into Rhode Island law this morning by Governor Gina M. Raimondo during a ceremonial bill signing at the State House.  
Governor signs CARE Act to keep family caregivers informed
Gov. Gina Raimondo signed legislation sponsored by Rep. Eileen S. Naughton (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) that will help keep family caregivers informed about providing proper care.  
Rep. Serpa to prefile legislation to help homeowners and businesses in wake of storm
Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) has announced that she will prefile legislation in November for the next session of the General Assembly to assist homeowners and businesses that were adversely affected by a storm that ravaged Rhode Island communities on Aug. 4.  
Speaker Mattiello, Rep. McNamara urge assistance to Cranston, Warwick in wake of storm
In the wake of a surprise storm that crippled parts of Rhode Island, legislative leaders from Cranston and Warwick are working with state and local officials as well as representatives of National Grid to ensure cleanup goes quickly and smoothly in the storm’s aftermath.