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06/22/2021
Media Advisory: Cannabis legalization, regulation bill up for Senate vote today
The Senate will vote today on legislation legalizing, regulating and taxing cannabis, as well as many other measures.


 
06/21/2021
MEDIA ADVISORY: House of Representatives to consider FY 2022 budget on Thursday; budget briefing open to the media on Tuesday
The House of Representatives will consider the FY 2022 state budget (2021-H 6122A) on Thursday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at the State House.


 
06/17/2021
House passes Ruggiero bill to increase use of cleaner-burning biodiesel in home heating oil
The House today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero to phase in significantly higher percentages of cleaner-burning biodiesel in home heating oil sold in the state.

 
06/17/2021
House Finance Committee approves 2022 state budget bill
The House Finance Committee has approved a $13.1 billion state budget for the 2022 fiscal year that boosts key supports for vulnerable Rhode Islanders — particularly affordable housing — makes body cameras available for every uniformed police officer statewide and does not rely on the $1.1 billion in one-time federal American Rescue Plan funding for ongoing expenses.
 
06/16/2021
Rhode Island leaders announce a first-of-its-kind statewide program to put body-worn cameras on every uniformed police officer
Senate President Ruggerio and House Speaker Shekarchi, together with Rep. José F. Batista, Sen. Jonathon Acosta, Governor McKee, Attorney General Neronha, the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association and the NAACP, announce legislation and funding plan for a statewide body-worn camera program

State leaders and law enforcement leaders came together Wednesday to announce an innovative statewide program to put body-worn cameras on every frontline police officer and supervisor in Rhode Island.


 
06/16/2021
House approves bill to boost electronic medical records use
The House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Susan R. Donovan to better protect patients’ health by making the electronic sharing of health records more effective.


 
06/15/2021
Senate passes two Felag environmental protection bills
The Senate tonight passed two pieces of legislation sponsored by Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) that protect the environment.  The bills relate to toxic chemicals in drinking and other water sources and exempting reusable bags from the state sales tax.


 
06/15/2021
General Assembly passes Sen. Raptakis and Rep. Serpa’s legislation to prohibit the use of school listservs for political or non-educational purposes
The General Assembly tonight passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa which prohibits the use of a school district's listserv to distribute any political advertisement, invitation, and/or propaganda.


 
06/15/2021
Senate approves bill to remove spousal exemption from rape law
The Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Dawn Euer to allow criminal charges to be brought when a person is raped by their spouse while the victim is incapacitated.
 
06/11/2021
Bill strengthening agreement between state, IGT and Bally's signed into law
Legislation sponsored by House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio was signed into law by Gov. Dan McKee today, strengthening the agreement between the State of Rhode Island, IGT and Bally’s Corporation.


 
06/10/2021
House passes Whip Kazarian’s bill that changes solemnization of marriage process
Tonight, the House of Representative’s passed Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian’s (D-Dist. 63, East Providence) legislation (2021-H 5034A) that would authorize the governor to designate any person to solemnize a marriage.


 
06/09/2021
Governor signs Ackerman, Cano consumer education legislation
Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Sen. Sandra Cano, Deputy Majority Whip Mia A. Ackerman, Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Pawtucket Superintendent Dr. Cheryl McWilliams, today signed into law legislation (2021-H 54912021-S 0349) that will require statewide standards in consumer education in public high schools.

 
06/08/2021
General Assembly creates commission to celebrate the 250th anniversary of founding of United States
The General Assembly today passed a joint resolution (2021-S 08102021-H 6002) introduced by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) and House Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) that creates the Rhode Island Semiquincentennial Commission to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding on July 4, 2026.

 
06/08/2021
Senate OKs bill extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for more low-income women
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin to improve maternal outcomes for women of color and low-income families by allowing more low-income mothers to keep Medicaid coverage for a year after giving birth.


 
06/08/2021
Assembly OKs bill designating official state coral
With final votes in both chambers today, legislation to designate the northern star coral the official state coral was approved by the General Assembly. It will now be sent to the governor.


 
06/08/2021
Senate advances bills protecting LGBTQ+ rights
The Senate today passed several bills aimed at preventing discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The bills strengthen protections in housing discrimination law, expand civil action protections against discrimination, and amend the hate crimes law to include gender identity and expression.


 
06/08/2021
Senate OKs Miller bill to offer reimbursement parity for mental health, substance abuse providers
Rate increase aimed at increasing much-needed access to services
 
STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to recruit more mental health and substance abuse providers by increasing reimbursement rates for their services.