Topic: Legislation

Mayor Elorza rescinds support for water monetization

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Mayor Elorza rescinds support for water monetization

April 5, 2019 0 comments

Mayor Jorge Elorza withdrew his support from his original legislative proposal to monetize the water supply for the city of Providence Thursday.

One of the bills would restrict Concealed Carrier Permit holders from bringing firearms into schools. Rhode Island is one of four states currently allowing CCP holders to enter schools with firearms.

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R.I. House hears gun safety bills endorsed by Governor, Attorney General

March 20, 2019 0 comments

Three gun safety bills endorsed by Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Neronha were heard Tuesday at the House Judiciary Committee hearing.

The Senate voted Wednesday evening to expand the Senate President’s power over committee appointments. But the new rule faced backlash over what was called “a power grab” by Senator Sam Bell PhD ‘16.

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Senators approve bill to effectively eliminate filibustering

March 14, 2019 0 comments

After four hours of argument over changes to Rhode Island Senate rules Wednesday night, the senators voted to approve a bill that will effectively end filibusters and increase the Senate President’s power over committee assignments. The rewritten R.I. Senate rules bill passed the Senate floor 33-3.

Allums ’21: The fate of abortion rights in Rhode Island

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Allums ’21: The fate of abortion rights in Rhode Island

March 13, 2019 0 comments

Given the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court and unclear fate of Roe v. Wade, the fight to protect a woman’s right to abortion continues to be waged at the federal level and in Rhode Island.

R.I. Secretary of State champions early voting

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R.I. Secretary of State champions early voting

March 13, 2019 0 comments

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has proposed a system for early voting in the Ocean State.

Groups advocate for women’s economic justice

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Groups advocate for women’s economic justice

March 8, 2019 0 comments

A coalition of advocacy groups gathered Wednesday at the Women’s Economic Justice Day conference to present their platform, which supports multiple bills that would help working women in Rhode Island. Guest speakers at the conference included women workers, advocates and the legislators sponsoring these bills.

Rhode Islanders can now text 911

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Rhode Islanders can now text 911

February 14, 2019 0 comments

Anyone in Rhode Island experiencing a police, fire or medical emergency can now contact 911 not only through voice calls but also via text messages thanks to a new service launched Feb. 5 by the R.I. Department of Public Safety. 

Rhode Island bans vaping in public spaces

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Rhode Island bans vaping in public spaces

September 13, 2018 0 comments

Rhode Island joined 13 other states in prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and similar vaping devices in most enclosed public spaces after a bill was signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo this July.

Ban on ‘mitochondrial replacement’ dooms children, experts say

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Ban on ‘mitochondrial replacement’ dooms children, experts say

April 25, 2018 0 comments

Nestled within the 2016 federal spending bill is a brief unrelated provision, or “rider,” which became law in December of 2015.

Martin Weinstock, professor of dermatology, explained that research shows that indoor tanning bed use is directly linked to increased cases of skin cancer. A new bill aims to decrease the number of skin cancer cases.

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Ban the tan: new bill proposes prohibiting tanning beds for minors

April 18, 2018 0 comments

As the weather heats up, some R.I. residents are turning to tanning beds to prepare for the new season.