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Topic: Legislation

Rhode Island bill may require public schools to offer free pads, tampons

News, University News

Rhode Island bill may require public schools to offer free pads, tampons

March 4, 2020 0 comments

If passed, a bill currently in the Rhode Island State Senate would require all of the state’s public schools that include grades six through 12 to provide free feminine hygiene products in bathrooms.

Shanmugam ’23: Tobacco use should be illegal

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Tobacco use should be illegal

November 20, 2019 0 comments

Google a list of the world’s most addictive substances, and some of what you’ll find is to be expected: illegal Schedule 1 drugs like cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin.

Mayor Elorza rescinds support for water monetization

Metro, News

Mayor Elorza rescinds support for water monetization

April 5, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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.

Metro, News

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

March 20, 2019 2 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.

Metro, News

Senators approve bill to effectively eliminate filibustering

March 14, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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

Columns, Opinions

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

March 13, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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

Metro, News

R.I. Secretary of State champions early voting

March 13, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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

Metro, News

Groups advocate for women’s economic justice

March 8, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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

Metro, News

Rhode Islanders can now text 911

February 14, 2019 Comments are Disabled

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

Metro, News

Rhode Island bans vaping in public spaces

September 13, 2018 1 comment

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.