Monday, May 20, 2013
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly last week.
Monday, May 20
House passes bill for temporary disabled driver placards The House passed legislation (2013 H-5119Aaa) that would allow licensed RI physicians to issue temporary disabled driver placards to patients they consider qualified to apply for a permanent plate. Under current law, disabled drivers face a waiting period before receiving their full disability placard from the Division of Motor Vehicles. This keeps those most in need of disabled parking privileges from taking full advantage of them as soon as they need them, according to Rep. Jan P. Malik (D-Dist. 67, Barrington, Warren), the bill’s House sponsor. Under the bill, (2013 H-5119Aaa), any person applying for a permanent disability placard would be able to obtain a preliminary placard …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Here are highlights from the RI General Assembly session last week.
Monday, May 13
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the RI General Assembly last week. Primary offense for seatbelt violations in Rhode Island remains in place With the 2011 seatbelt law set to expire June 30, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the sunset provision so that failure to wear seatbelts by adults will remain a primary offense in Rhode Island. The House passed the bill (2013-H 5140), sponsored by Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence). Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) sponsors the Senate companion bill (2013-S 0352). Click here to see news release. Senate OKs Crowley bill to use technology to catch Medicaid waste and fraud The Senate approved legislation (2013-S 29A) …
Monday, February 25, 2013
East Providence Rep. Gregg Amore introduces 'parity' bill for oral chemotherapy treatments.
Monday, February 25
Here are highlights from news and events that took place in the RI General Assembly last week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/ Amore bill requires insurance coverage of oral chemotherapy treatments Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) has introduced a parity bill (2013-H 5354) similar to the one Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law in January, requiring health plans to cover chemotherapy pills at a rate comparable to standard intravenous (IV) chemotherapy. Oral chemotherapy is presently treated as a prescription drug benefit, which requires patients to pay a large amount of the drugs’ cost. IV chemotherapy is treated as a medical benefit, essentially requiring …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Barrington/Warren Rep. Jan Malik introduces legislation to repeal Rhode Island's 7 percent sales tax and the meals and beverage tax by Oct. 1.
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly last week, including the introduction of a bill to to repeal the RI sales and meals and beverage tax by Barrington and Warren Rep. Jan Malik. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/. Malik calls for repeal of state sales tax Saying it is time to have a dialogue on the state’s sales tax, Rep. Jan P. Malik (D-Dist. 67, Warren, Barrington) has introduced legislation (2013-H 5365) to repeal the sales tax effective Oct. 1 this year. The bill also calls for the elimination of the local meals and beverages tax on the same date. Click here to see news release. Assembly sponsors ‘arts charrette’ to promote growth of arts …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Here are highlights from last week at the General Assembly before the Blizzard of 2013 wiped out power for hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders.
Monday, February 11
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly last week before the Blizzard of 2013. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/ Hearn, Slater look to ban underage patrons from nightclubs serving alcohol Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence) is again sponsoring a bill (2013-H 5291) that prohibits anyone under 21 years old from entering a nightclub where alcoholic beverages are served. Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), who cosponsored the bill, said he has seen the effects of nightclub violence create big problems for both the club proprietors and city officials who would like to make Providence safe. Click here to see news release…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Here are highlights of legislation introduced, including 'Katie's Law' bill by Sen. David Bates (R-Barrington/Bristol/Riverside).
Monday, February 4
Here are some highlights from news and events that took place in the RI General Assembly last week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/ ‘Katie’s Law’ bills introduced in both chambers Sen. David E. Bates (R-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) and Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) have introduced legislation (2013-S 0041, 2013-H 5205) known as “Katie’s Law,” which would require collection of a DNA sample from anyone arrested for a crime of violence. The bills have been referred to their respective Judiciary committees. Currently, the state requires collection of a DNA sample only from individuals convicted of a felony. Click here to see news release. …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Here are highlights from last week's General Assembly session. Legislators convene again on Tuesday afternoon.
Monday, January 28
Here are some highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly last week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/ In a historic vote, House passes same-sex marriage bill The House voted 51 to 19 in favor of legislation sponsored by Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Dist. 18, Cranston) to allow same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island. The bill (2013-H 5015 A) will now go to the Senate, where Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush is sponsoring similar legislation (2013-S 0038). Click here to see news release. Senate holds economic summit The Senate held an economic summit, entitled “Improving Rhode Island’s Business Climate,” taking a deeper look into Rhode Island’s economic competitiveness and …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The proposal to guarantee marriage rights to all Rhode Islanders now moves onto the state Senate.
Thursday, January 24
Rhode Island moved another step closer to marriage equality Thursday as the House of Representatives voted 51 to 19 today to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state, the Legislature announced in a release. Rep. Arthur Handy, who has introduced the bill for each of the last 11 years, said the proposal is about justice and equity for same-sex couples. “Obviously, this issue is about fairness and allowing all Rhode Islanders to have equal access to the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage, but marriage is about so much more than legal protections," Handy said in a release. "My wife and I have been married since 1997, and as we’ve worked together to raise our son, the value of having a committed, strong family has become …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Here is a roundup of news, events that took place in the General Assembly this week.
Saturday, January 19
Here are some highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week, Jan. 14-18. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/ Governor Chafee delivers State of the State to Rhode Island leaders Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee delivered the annual State of the State address, proposing tax changes to improve the state’s economic competitiveness and coax existing Rhode Island businesses to expand. The governor also officially released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal. Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox, President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed and other members of the General Assembly were present for the event. House holds economic conference, Senate schedules annual summit …
Monday, December 31, 2012
William Conley, Katherine Kazarian and Gregg Amore will be among the 24 new legislators to be sworn in tomorrow, Jan. 1, the first day of the 2013-2014 General Assembly session.
Three East Providence legislators will be inaugurated into their first terms in the Rhode Island General Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 1, when the 2013-2014 session opens. Senator-elect William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18), Representative-elect Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63) and Representative-elect Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65) will be sworn in as members of the legislature. They will be among the eight new Senators in the 38-member Senate and the 16 new Representatives in the 75-member House. The opening-day session of both the Senate and the House will begin at 2 pm. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will deliver the oath of office in separate ceremonies in the two chambers. As part of the opening-day proceedings in the House, Rep. Gordon D. …