Saturday, April 27, 2013
Recent goings on at the Rhode Island State House. Good times?
Saturday, April 27
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/. § Senate approves same-sex marriage bill In a 26-to-12 vote, the Senate approved legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island, effective Aug. 1. The bills (2013-S 0038A, 2013-H 5015B), sponsored by Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) and Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Dist. 18, Cranston), still have to clear an additional House vote before they can be sent to the governor. That vote is tentatively expected Thursday, following a Judiciary Committee vote on Tuesday. § House leaders unveil economic development package…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/.
Monday, April 22
Efforts ongoing to address Central Coventry Fire District financial problems The financially troubled Central Coventry Fire District will be able to provide emergency services for several more weeks, the result of a $300,000 loan from the Town of Coventry. The loan was approved to allow additional time for General Assembly action on legislation that has been introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives to address the situation. A number of bills have been introduced in both chambers by several Coventry legislators, including Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich), Rep. Patricia L. Morgan (R-Dist. 26, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) and Rep. Scott J. Guthrie (D-Dist. 28, Coventry). …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week.
Sunday, April 14
Release courtesy the Legislative Press Bureau. Nine-bill gun safety package unveiled House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and State Police Superintendent Col. Steven G. O’Donnell addressed a State House news conference to unveil a nine-bill package of gun safety legislation. The bills are intended to improve gun safety and strengthen existing laws dealing with firearms violations. Among other things, the bills call for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, require national criminal background checks and create a task force to review laws related to mental health and substance abuse issues as they pertain to firearms statutes. Click here to see news …
Friday, February 15, 2013
A bill proposed by the General Assembly, based on laws in other states, would allow DNA sampling of convicted felons.
Friday, February 15
Two bills currently up for debate by members of the Rhode Island General Assembly would allow for testing of the stored DNA of felons to DNA collected from open cases. The legislation is modeled after existing laws in about 25 states, according to a release from the Legislative Press Bureau. For full details, see the full release below. Both bills are currently assigned to judicial committees, as of January. What do you think of the bills? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom! ****** Release courtesy the Legislative Press Bureau. It has been a decade since a young woman was brutally murdered in New Mexico, a crime that went unsolved for three years. Katie Sepich’s parents believe the person who murdered their daughter could …
Friday, May 11, 2012
From the Legislative Press Bureau, here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/ § State revenue picture brightens The Revenue Estimating Conference – composed of fiscal advisers from the House, Senate and administration – has released the outlook for this year’s state revenues, which are expected to be about $62 million higher than expected. The group, which meets twice per year, also projects state revenue to be almost $18 million higher next year. The extra revenue will help ease next year’s projected $120 million budget deficit. § Senate approves compassion center amendments Legislation developed to …