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Bill strengthening agreement between state, IGT and Bally's signed into law
Legislation sponsored by House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio was signed into law by Gov. Dan McKee today, strengthening the agreement between the State of Rhode Island, IGT and Bally’s Corporation.

House passes Whip Kazarian’s bill that changes solemnization of marriage process
Tonight, the House of Representative’s passed Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian’s (D-Dist. 63, East Providence) legislation (2021-H 5034A) that would authorize the governor to designate any person to solemnize a marriage.

Governor signs Ackerman, Cano consumer education legislation
Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Sen. Sandra Cano, Deputy Majority Whip Mia A. Ackerman, Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Pawtucket Superintendent Dr. Cheryl McWilliams, today signed into law legislation (2021-H 54912021-S 0349) that will require statewide standards in consumer education in public high schools.

General Assembly creates commission to celebrate the 250th anniversary of founding of United States
The General Assembly today passed a joint resolution (2021-S 08102021-H 6002) introduced by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) and House Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) that creates the Rhode Island Semiquincentennial Commission to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding on July 4, 2026.

Senate OKs bill extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for more low-income women
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin to improve maternal outcomes for women of color and low-income families by allowing more low-income mothers to keep Medicaid coverage for a year after giving birth.

Assembly OKs bill designating official state coral
With final votes in both chambers today, legislation to designate the northern star coral the official state coral was approved by the General Assembly. It will now be sent to the governor.

Senate advances bills protecting LGBTQ+ rights
The Senate today passed several bills aimed at preventing discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The bills strengthen protections in housing discrimination law, expand civil action protections against discrimination, and amend the hate crimes law to include gender identity and expression.

Senate OKs Miller bill to offer reimbursement parity for mental health, substance abuse providers
Rate increase aimed at increasing much-needed access to services
STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to recruit more mental health and substance abuse providers by increasing reimbursement rates for their services.