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Safe storage bill signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Justine A. Caldwell and Sen. Pamela Lauria to require that all firearms be securely stored has been signed into law by Governor Dan McKee in a ceremony that included the state's general officers and gun safety advocates. 

Law Enforcement Officers’ Due Process, Accountability and Transparency Act signed into law
Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) and bill sponsors Senate President Dominick Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) and Deputy Speaker Raymond Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence), signed the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR) reform legislation today in a State Room ceremony.

Governor McKee, Speaker Shekarchi, Senate President Ruggerio Announce Legislation to Make Rhode Island’s Banking Tax Structure More Competitive
Governor Dan McKee, Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio today announced the introduction of legislation to make Rhode Island’s banking tax structure more competitive. The agreement, as outlined in legislation sponsored by Representative Joseph Solomon and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Louis P. DiPalma, will be fully vetted by the General Assembly this week.

House approves 2025 state budget bill
The House of Representatives has voted 69-5 to approve a $13.947 billion budget for the 2025 fiscal year that directs additional funding toward education and children, raises Medicaid reimbursement rates and includes a $120 million affordable housing bond. The budget is $60 million less than it was in the current fiscal year, reflecting an end in federal pandemic aid.

Senate approves medical debt bills
Legislation is among the consumer-protection efforts in the Senate’s HEALTH initiative
The Senate has approved three bills aimed at protecting Rhode Islanders from financial ruin resulting from medical debts. The consumer-protection bills sponsored by Sen. Melissa A. Murray, Sen. John P. Burke and Sen. Jacob Bissaillon are all part of the Rhode Island HEALTH initiative (Holistic Enhancement and Access Legislation for Total Health) put forward by Senate leaders to improve health care access and affordability in Rhode Island. The bills now go to the House of Representatives.

Assembly passes Law Enforcement Officers’ Due Process, Accountability and Transparency Act
The General Assembly today passed the Law Enforcement Officers’ Due Process, Accountability and Transparency Act which will bring significant and long-overdue reforms to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR).

Assembly approves bill requiring safe storage of firearms
The General Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Justine Caldwell and Sen. Pamela J. Lauria to require safe storage of firearms in Rhode Island. The legislation now heads to Gov. Daniel McKee, who supports the bill.

House OKs bill to enable construction of ‘missing middle’ of Rhode Island’s housing market
Legislation would make 3-, 4-unit residential construction economically feasible
The House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. June S. Speakman to address the “missing middle” of Rhode Island’s housing market by making three- and four-unit dwellings subject to residential building codes rather than commercial codes. The bill is intended to spur construction of new small apartment buildings, such as the triple-deckers that have long been ubiquitous in many Rhode Island neighborhoods.

Capitol TV launches app to livestream video on smart phones, Firestick and ROKU devices
Capitol Television, the broadcast arm of the Rhode Island General Assembly, has launched a new app that will allow users to stream live content on iPhones and Androids, as well as smart television devices, such as Firestick and ROKU.