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Rep. Tanzi honored for her advocacy for mental health
Local mental and behavioral health advocates and leaders gathered recently to honor Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi for her passionate and determined advocacy for support for mental and behavioral health resources for Rhode Islanders.

Cumberland, Warwick families gather for signing of law requiring sepsis protocols at hospitals
The families of two Cumberland girls and a Warwick girl who died of sepsis gathered in Gov. Dan McKee’s office Thursday afternoon as he ceremonially signed legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln) and Rep. Anthony J. DeSimone (D-Dist. 5, Providence) that requires hospitals to adopt sepsis protocols.

Speaker Shekarchi, President Ruggerio, Governor McKee, DHS announce CCAP for Child Care Staff Pilot
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Governor Dan McKee and Department of Human Services Director Kimberly Merolla-Brito announced the launch of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) for Child Care Staff pilot, which was approved in the FY 24 Budget, and expands income eligibility for qualifying providers needing affordable child care. 

Speaker Shekarchi, Senate President Ruggerio, Governor McKee appoint Cannabis Advisory Board members
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Governor Dan McKee today announced their appointments to the Cannabis Advisory Board. Per state statute, the Cannabis Advisory Board will work in collaboration with the Cannabis Control Commission to advise and issue recommendations on the use, commerce, regulation and effects of adult-use and medical cannabis within the state.

Rhode Island Speaker of the House Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy to Lead NCSL
House Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) was elected to become the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the annual Legislative Summit in Indianapolis. He is the first member of the Rhode Island General Assembly to serve as president of the organization.

Legislation to spur housing development signed into law
Five bills from Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi's housing package were ceremonially signed into law today at the site of a former public school in Warwick that is being converted into housing.

Bill clarifying public shoreline access now law
Visiting the Ocean State’s 400 miles of shoreline this summer just got a little more relaxing.

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Terri Cortvriend and Sen. Mark P. McKenney to more clearly delineate the public area of the shore has been signed into law by Gov. Dan McKee.

Speaker Shekarchi’s housing package enacted
Thirteen bills from Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi’s package of legislation to help address Rhode Island’s housing crisis have now been enacted into law.

President Ruggerio and Rep. O’Brien’s legislation to address lead pipes now law
Legislation (2023-S 0002B2023-H 5007A) sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Rep. William W. O’Brien to address lead pipes in Rhode Island’s water supply system has been signed into law.

Rep. Bennett/Sen. Miller bill banning foam enacted
A bill sponsored by Rep. David A. Bennett and Sen. Joshua Miller to ban restaurants from using polystyrene foam, commonly called Styrofoam, for food packaging or preparation has been signed by the governor.