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House Republicans call for independent study on IGT contract extension and Twin River counter proposal
House Republican Finance Committee members called for an independent study on the proposed IGT 20-year contract extension and the competing proposal from Twin River, Camelot, and Intralot.

Student Loan Bill of Rights bill signed
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Dawn Euer and Rep. Joseph M. McNamara to protect student loan borrowers and establish oversight of student loan servicers operating in Rhode Island has been ceremonially signed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.

Education reform bills that realign curriculum, fast-track principals, increase accountability signed
Four education reform bills passed by the General Assembly have been ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo today at Cranston High School West.  
Senate Finance Committee to host public hearings on proposed lottery contract extension
The Senate Finance Committee will host a series of public hearings starting later this month to review the proposed contract extension for IGT Global Solutions Corporation. 

Speaker Mattiello, President Ruggerio request IGT documents from Governor
Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello and President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio today delivered a joint letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo requesting additional information in advance of public hearings on the proposed 20-year contract extension for International Game Technologies (IGT).  
Rep. McEntee and Sen. Nesselbush’s bill to extend civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse ceremonially signed into law
Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush’s (Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) legislation (2019-H 5171B / 2019-S 0315Aaa) that amends the state’s civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse was ceremonially signed into law by the governor today in the State Room of the State House. 

Natural hair braiders bill signed
Natural hair braiders are now exempt from having to become licensed hairdressers and cosmeticians under a new law passed by the General Assembly and ceremonially signed into law by the governor today at Salon 361 in Providence.

Bills signed into law to support Alzheimer’s care, prevent abuse
The governor has signed into law several pieces of legislation passed by the General Assembly to better support Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to protect against elder abuse.

New law creates teams to prevent violence at schools
Panels are to ensure warning signs aren’t missed
A new law sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Hanna M. Gallo will increase school safety by creating threat assessment teams in schools to serve as the “boots on the ground” in identifying potentially threatening behavior by those in the school community.