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11/16/2017
Ranglin-Vassell starts coalition to address gun violence and joblessness
Frustrated with the high incidence of gun violence and its effects on everyday life for families in Providence, Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has assembled a coalition of fellow legislators, community organizations and faith-based groups that aims to address what she sees as the underlying problem: poverty.


 
11/15/2017
Rep. Craven and Sen. McCaffrey’s bill that adds ‘sexual exploitation’ to the domestic abuse prevention law ceremonially signed by governor
Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) and Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey’s (D-Dist. 29, Warwick) legislation (2017-H 5990A / 2017-S 0610A) that would add the definition of “sexual exploitation” to the domestic abuse prevention law which would include acts by any person who willfully encourages, aids or coerces any child under the age of 18 to engage in commercial sex acts was ceremonially signed by Governor Raimondo at a ceremonial bill signing last week.  The bills were signed into law by the governor on June 30.



 
11/15/2017
House Oversight chair calls report on assessment of Rhode Island Training School ‘troubling’
Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick), chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, said she is “concerned and troubled” by serious incidents involving the health and safety of youth residents and staff of the Rhode Island Training School, and that the committee will revisit the issue to give the Department of Children, Youth and Families the opportunity to put their solutions into practice.

 
11/08/2017
Several veterans’ bills signed by governor
Governor Raimondo signed several pieces of legislation involving Rhode Island’s veterans at a ceremonial bill signing held in the State Room of the State House this week.



 
11/07/2017
Speaker Mattiello asks governor to hold off new plans for expired vehicle inspection charges
House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello is calling upon Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to halt any plans for automatic registration suspension for expired inspection stickers prior to legislative consideration of the new measure.  Reinstating those registrations alone would cost Rhode Island drivers $250.


 
10/30/2017
Domestic violence gun safety legislation signed by governor
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi and Sen. Harold M. Metts to protect victims of domestic violence by disarming their abusers was signed by Governor Raimondo at a ceremonial bill signing today held in the State Room of the State House.



 
10/25/2017
Governor signs Maldonado, Nesselbush legislation that would pave the way for workers’ cooperatives
Gov. Gina Raimondo today ceremonially signed legislation introduced by Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) that creates a statutory vehicle for the creation and functioning of workers’ cooperatives. The bill signing took place at Fuerza Laboral in Central Falls.

 
10/05/2017
Raimondo Signs Justice Reinvestment Legislation
Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by members of the General Assembly and community advocates, today signed the package of legislation collectively known as the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. The bills aim to improve Rhode Island's criminal justice system while reducing costs by promoting rehabilitation and informed decision-making in sentencing, probation and parole. 

 
10/05/2017
Domestic violence gun safety legislation now law
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi and Sen. Harold M. Metts to protect victims of domestic violence by disarming their abusers has become law.