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07/15/2024
Legislative leaders celebrate passage of DUI lookback legislation
Legislative leaders joined Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and community advocates and partners, to highlight public safety legislation passed in 2024 to extend the “lookback” period for impaired driving offenses from five years to 10 years. Additionally, they recommitted to the cause of holding accountable those who drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol in Rhode Island, especially repeat DUI offenders.

 
07/03/2024
Constitutional Convention Commission appointments made
Appointments have been made to the bipartisan preparatory commission required under the state constitution in advance of November’s ballot question asking voters whether they wish to hold a constitutional convention.


 
06/27/2024
Health Care Provider Shield Act is signed into law
Gov. Dan McKee has signed legislation introduced by Rep. John G. Edwards and Sen. Dawn Euer to protect medical providers who provide transgender and reproductive health care services in Rhode Island from civil or criminal suits from other states or their residents.

 
06/27/2024
ADU development bill signed into law
New law will help address housing crisis
 
Legislation sponsored by House Commission on Housing Affordability Chairwoman June S. Speakman and Sen. Victoria Gu to help Rhode Islanders to develop accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property has been signed into law. The legislation is intended as a way to boost production of an affordable housing option.


 
06/24/2024
New law re-establishes Nowell Academy to assist pregnant, parenting teens
Gov. Dan McKee has signed legislation introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) and Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) to re-establish the Sheila C. “Skip” Nowell Academy, an institution that focuses on the diverse needs of pregnant and parenting teens, as a state school.

 
06/18/2024
Speaker Shekarchi announces passage of 14 housing bills
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi announced 14 bills in his package of legislation regarding housing issues have passed the General Assembly. This marks his fourth comprehensive suite of housing bills since becoming Speaker in 2021.


 
06/18/2024
Rhode Island HEALTH Initiative bills approved in General Assembly
Legislation included in the Rhode Island HEALTH Initiative (Holistic Enhancement and Access Legislation for Total Health), which was unveiled by Senate leaders earlier this year to improve health care access and affordability in Rhode Island, has been approved in the General Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

 
06/17/2024
Following General Assembly passage, 2025 state budget bill signed into law
Following General Assembly passage early Friday, the 2025 state budget bill was signed into law today. The $13.963 billion budget directs additional funding toward education and children, raises Medicaid reimbursement rates and includes a $120 million affordable housing bond.


 
06/13/2024
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. 


 
06/11/2024
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.


 
06/10/2024
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.