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Elected officials cut ribbon on Woonsocket Education Center, adding workforce training and education options for northern Rhode Island
Woonsocket legislators, the governor and other leaders were on hand this morning to cut the ribbon for the new Woonsocket Education Center, celebrating a collaborative effort between the General Assembly, state agencies, private businessesand donors to make workforce training and education readily available.

Leaders announce child tax rebates will start being issued this week

Over $40M in payment distribution for nearly 115,000 qualified families to occur over next several weeks

House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ryan W. Pearson were joined by Governor Dan McKee today to announce the state will start issuing Child Tax Rebates to qualifying families beginning today, Monday, October 3.

Nero's Law signed to aid police dogs injured in the line of duty
Bill sponsors Rep. David A. Bennett, Sen. Stephen R. Archambault and Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis were joined by police dogs and police departments from across New England today as Gov. Daniel McKee ceremonially signed legislation to allow police dogs injured in the line of duty to get emergency first aid from EMTs and be transported by ambulance to veterinary hospitals.

Speaker Shekarchi, Leader McCaffrey join congressional delegation, state and local officials in breaking ground on Phase 1 of South Quay Project
Project will create good-paying jobs, marking a big step forward for Rhode Island’s Blue Economy
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey joined state and local officials and the state's congressional delegation for the groundbreaking on Phase 1 of the South Quay Marine Terminal project on the East Providence shore. When completed, this terminal will become a game-changing wind turbine staging area, creating a central hub for the Northeast’s growing offshore wind economy. 

Legislative investments in behavioral health care system highlighted at press conference
Governor Daniel McKee was joined today by Speaker of the House K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), legislators and advocates to highlight new legislative initiatives and budget investments aimed at strengthening the state's behavioral health care system.

Legislation enacted to support Rhode Island seniors

Event highlights crucial tax relief for seniors included in FY 23 budget 

House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr. joined Governor Dan McKee, Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, other elected leaders and advocates today at the Pilgrim Senior Center in Warwick to highlight recently passed legislative and budget initiatives that support Rhode Island’s senior population.
Speaker Shekarchi, Sen. Kallman join Governor McKee, Lt. Governor Matos, U.S. Senator Reed to highlight historic $250 million investment in housing
Two bills also signed to help Rhode Island streamline its housing permitting and appealing processes and officially establish a statewide Department of Housing

House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey and Sen. Meghan E. Kallman were joined by Governor Dan McKee, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Secretary of Housing Josh Saal and additional state leaders at the Meadowbrook Terrace housing community in Warwick today to celebrate the state’s historic investment in housing and officially sign two pieces of legislation that will help Rhode Island address inequities in access to high-quality, affordable housing.

Speaker Pro Tem Brian Kennedy named president-elect of National Conference of State Legislatures
House Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Kennedy has been chosen as president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization serving the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and legislative staff.

Senator de la Cruz elected Senate Minority Leader; Senator Rogers is Minority Whip
The Rhode Island Senate Minority Caucus is proud to announce the election of Jessica de la Cruz (R-Dist. 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield) to serve as the Senate Minority Leader and Gordon E. Rogers (R-Dist. 21, Foster, Scituate, Coventry, West Greenwich) as Senate Minority Whip.