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10/09/2018
Senate Democratic Policy Caucus to Develop Legislation Protecting Rhode Islanders from Conservative Supreme Court
The Senate Democratic Policy Caucus is working in partnership with all Democratic members of the Senate to develop and introduce legislation that will secure into state law protections that many observers view as threatened under a conservative Supreme Court.  
07/27/2018
Small business bills ceremonially signed into law
Legislators, the governor and small business owners raised a glass to tout new reforms - including the elimination of the so-called "Keg Tax" -- that will make it easier for small businesses to open and expand in Rhode Island. During the visit to Foolproof Brewery, the governor also ceremonially signed two pieces of legislation approved by the General Assembly earlier this year that will streamline regulations, cut red tape and reduce fees for small businesses.


 
07/24/2018
Bill creating more choices for continued care signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski and passed by the General Assembly to establish an individual provider model for home care in Rhode Island was signed into law by Governor Raimondo. The model will give seniors and people with disabilities another option to be cared for at home where they can continue to be connected to their communities and families. 


 
07/10/2018
Two new laws will increase Narcan availability to prevent overdose deaths
Two bills passed by the General Assembly to help prevent opioid overdose deaths through increased access to Narcan have been signed into law.



 
07/06/2018
Electronic smoking, vaping now included in workplace smoking ban
The use of electronic tobacco delivery products and vaping are now included in Rhode Island’s  workplace smoking ban, under legislation sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and recently signed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.


 
07/06/2018
Explosives laws updated to include IEDs
Legislation sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata to strengthen Rhode Island’s outdated law on bombs and other explosive devices has been signed into law.


 
07/05/2018
Minors now banned from using tanning facilities in R.I.
Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and Rep. Mia Ackerman to prohibit those under 18 from using tanning facilities in Rhode Island has been signed into law.



 
07/03/2018
Bill requiring insurers to cover mastectomies signed into law
Legislation sponsored by House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi and Sen. Hanna M. Gallo to ensure that mastectomies are covered by insurance in Rhode Island has been signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.


 
07/02/2018
Governor signs Kristen’s Law
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed Kristen’s Law, a bill sponsored by Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Sen. Hanna M. Gallo to strengthen penalties for dealers who sell fatal drug doses.



 
06/22/2018
2019 budget bill becomes law
Following passage by the General Assembly this week, the 2019 state budget bill became law with the governor’s signature today.


 
06/19/2018
Governor signs legislation that would protect DACA Dreamers in Rhode Island
Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed into law legislation that protects Rhode Island Dreamers' ability to obtain drivers licenses during a ceremony at the State House Monday evening.

 
06/05/2018
Rep. Craven and Sen. Lynch Prata’s revenge porn and sextortion legislation signed into law
Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata’s (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) legislation (2018-H 7452A / 2018-S 2581A) that criminalizes revenge porn and sextortion was signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo. 



 
06/01/2018
Red flag bill, bump stocks ban now law
Governor signs bills passed by General Assembly yesterday
 
STATE HOUSE – Following passage by the General Assembly yesterday, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo today signed into law two bills to prevent gun violence and mass shootings: “red flag” legislation that allows courts to disarm individuals who are believed by law enforcement to represent a violent threat to themselves or others, and a ban on bump stocks and other rapid-fire gun modifications.