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State Arts Council and Capitol TV announce airing of archived holiday student concerts
Annual performances feature student musicians throughout the state

While COVID-19 has made it impossible for student groups to perform traditional holiday concerts at the State House this year, Capitol Television is airing concerts presented between 2017 and 2019. 


IRS affirms Shekarchi’s tax cut for R.I.
SALT deduction affirmed to help small businesses
STATE HOUSE – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations affirming a workaround initiated by House Speaker-nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi to help small-business owners who were negatively affected by the Trump administration’s 2017 tax changes.

New House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force meets tomorrow
First meeting includes public health experts Drs. Fine, Jha
The House of Representatives Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccine is scheduled to hold its first meeting virtually on Wednesday.
Media Advisory: House Oversight Committee to hear report on expenditures for COVID relief, small business support
The House Committee on Oversight is scheduled to meet Thursday to hear a presentation on how the state has spent or plans to spend money on coronavirus aid, as well as efforts to support small business during the ongoing crisis.

Senate hosting coat drive for homeless
Public asked to drop off winter gear at State House

The Rhode Island Senate and housing advocates are teaming up to collect coats and other warm essentials at the State House. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24, and running through Dec. 4, anyone with clean, new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots or blankets is asked to bring them to the State House Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Corvese bill would establish procedure for filling lieutenant governor vacancy
Rep. Arthur J. Corvese today announced he will file legislation at the start of the 2021 legislative session to settle a question about what happens when the lieutenant governor’s position becomes vacant midterm.

McCaffrey reelected as Majority Leader; Ruggerio wins endorsement of Democratic Caucus for reelection as President of the Senate
The Rhode Island Senate’s Democrats caucused at the Providence Marriott tonight and reelected Senator Michael J. McCaffrey to another term as Senate Majority Leader. They also endorsed Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio as the Caucus nominee for President of the Senate. The vote for President of the Senate will be taken by all members of the Chamber on the first day of the 2021-2022 session.

House Democratic Caucus Endorses Shekarchi, Blazejewski to Lead Chamber
 The House Democratic Caucus endorsed Majority K. Joseph Shekarchi to serve as the Speaker of the House for the 2021-22 legislative session. The caucus, at a meeting tonight at the Crowne Plaza, elected Deputy Whip Christopher R. Blazejewski to serve as the Majority Leader for the 2021-22 session.