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02/26/2021
Media Advisory: Speaker Shekarchi to announce legislative package to address critical housing needs in RI at State House news conference on Monday
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi will host a news conference Monday to announce a major coordinated effort by the House of Representatives to address housing in Rhode Island.


 
02/25/2021
Speaker Shekarchi, Rep. Williams, Sen. Mack announce Walmart Foundation grant for RI African Heritage History Education curriculum for public schools
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) and Sen. Tiara Mack (D-Dist. 6, Providence) today announced a Walmart Foundation grant to the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society to develop a Rhode Island African Heritage History Education curriculum for all public schools.


 
02/23/2021
Murray, Alzate bill would ensure those making over $475,000 contribute their fair share
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Melissa Murray and Rep. Karen Alzate to add one new tax bracket on income over $475,000 is estimated to raise $128.2 million in new tax revenue, and would only impact the top 1% of tax filers.  
02/23/2021
Senate OKs Miller bill to explore ‘harm reduction center’ pilot
Effort aimed at reducing overdose deaths, promoting treatment
 
The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to explore the creation of a pilot program to create “harm reduction centers” to help prevent drug overdose deaths.


 
02/23/2021
Senate OKs expanded access to telemedicine coverage
The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to expand Rhode Islanders’ access to telemedicine coverage.


 
02/11/2021
Bennett bills take aim at waste, litter from food packaging
House Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chairman David A. Bennett has introduced several bills aimed at reducing waste and litter from single-use food containers.


 
02/11/2021
Measures to curb gun violence introduced in House
House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian and Rep. Justine Caldwell today introduced a package of bills intended to reduce gun violence in Rhode Island.



 
02/10/2021
Senate passes charter school moratorium
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin to place a three-year moratorium on the expansion or creation of charter schools in Rhode Island.




 
02/09/2021
Ruggerio, McEntee introduce Plastic Waste Reduction Act
Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee have introduced legislation to reduce the use of plastic bags by retail establishments by offering recyclable bag options and providing penalties for violations.


 
02/02/2021
Senate OKs Goodwin bill on nursing home staffing
The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin to protect the health care of Rhode Islanders by setting standards for nursing home care.


 
01/29/2021
Ruggerio, Shekarchi introduce bill making RI Promise program permanent
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio today introduced legislation to permanently enact the Rhode Island Promise program, which provides up to two years of free tuition for eligible Rhode Islanders at Community College of Rhode Island.