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05/12/2022
Commission studying CRMC reorganization issues report
The special House commission studying the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has issued a report of its work, recommending short-term changes that include swiftly filling council and staff vacancies with qualified individuals, and longer-term structural changes.


 
05/04/2022
House OKs bill naming trilobite RI’s state fossil
The House of Representatives has approved a measure sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) to designate the trilobite as Rhode Island’s state fossil.


 
05/03/2022
Senate approves measure to control bird flu
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Dawn Euer to control potential outbreaks of bird flu and other animal diseases.


 
05/03/2022
Valverde, Cassar: Supreme Court leak confirms imminent threat to reproductive health care rights
Equality in Abortion Coverage Act and inclusion in budget now urgently needed, sponsors say

Rep. Liana Cassar and Sen. Bridget Valverde today urgently called upon Gov. Dan McKee and House and Senate leaders to amend the pending state budget bill to provide abortion coverage to Medicaid enrollees and state employees, in light of the Supreme Court’s apparent readiness to overturn Roe v. Wade.


 
04/28/2022
House OKs bill to ban toxic chemicals from food packaging
The House today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Terri Cortvriend prohibiting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from food packaging made or sold in Rhode Island. The bill now goes to the Senate.


 
04/28/2022
House passes Whip Kazarian’s bill banning the sale of animal furs
The House of Representatives today passed legislation (2022-H 7361) sponsored by House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian which would prohibit the sale, offer of sale, trade or distribution of animal fur products within Rhode Island.


 
04/27/2022
Carson, Ruggiero push to transform state services for seniors
 Rep. Lauren H. Carson and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero were joined by senior center directors, seniors and other supporters at a State House event today promoting their legislation to transform the state’s Office of Healthy Aging into a far more robust and comprehensive agency to better serve the needs of Rhode Island’s seniors.


 
04/26/2022
Senate approves Let RI Vote Act
The Senate today approved the Let RI Vote Act, legislation sponsored by Sen. Dawn Euer to improve access and opportunities to vote in Rhode Island.


 
04/22/2022
Rep. Batista focuses on reducing mass incarceration
Rep. José F. Batista has introduced several measures this year to help reshape Rhode Island’s approach to the criminal justice system.  
04/12/2022
Speaker Shekarchi, President Ruggerio, state, local leaders announce historic rehabilitation of Providence’s Industrial Trust Building
Iconic piece of Providence’s skyline would become home to hundreds of residential units with a mix of ground-floor uses including event space and community/non-profit facility
 
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio joined Governor Dan McKee and state, local and federal leaders, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the High Rock Development team today to announce a historic rehabilitation of Providence’s Industrial Trust Building, commonly referred to as the “Superman Building.”

 
04/11/2022
$4.8M in grants will expand outdoor activities throughout Rhode Island
Governor Dan McKee, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Carol Hagan McEntee announced today approximately $4.8 million in awards that will enable eligible small businesses to expand their capacity to do business outdoors.