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02/21/2024
Sen. Frank Lombardo III, 1958-2024
It is with tremendous sadness that we learned this morning of the passing of our friend and colleague Frank Lombardo after a battle with bladder cancer.


 
02/14/2024
House OKs Speakman bill to boost ADU development
Legislation is part of House effort to address housing crisis
 
The House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. June S. Speakman, chairwoman of the House Commission on Housing Affordability, to boost housing production by helping Rhode Islanders to develop accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property.



 
02/14/2024
Rep. Kislak, Sen. Lawson kick off ‘chocolate election’ at State House
In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, Rep. Rebecca Kislak and Senate Majority Whip Valarie Lawson are hosting their second annual chocolate election, a demonstration that promises to explain ranked choice voting in a delicious and informative way.  
02/08/2024
Chairs McEntee and DiMario’s outdoor dining bill passes General Assembly
Legislation (2024-H 7064A2024-S 2028A) sponsored by Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee and Sen. Alana M. DiMario that establishes standards for municipalities to regulate outdoor dining was approved by the General Assembly.


 
02/07/2024
Legislators join opening of new Rhode Island Reconnect Center
Rep. Cherie L. Cruz (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) and Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) joined Gov. Dan McKee and Rhode Island Postsecondary Commissioner Shannon Gilkey to open the new location of the RI Reconnect visitor center, a place for students and prospective students to receive support in breaking down barriers to pursuing their education and completing their degree.

 
02/02/2024
Sens. Raptakis, Burke, Tikoian and Reps. Serpa, Noret hold press conference on drunk driving legislation
Sens. Leonidas P. Raptakis, John P. Burke and David P. Tikoian and Reps. Patricia A. Serpa and Thomas E. Noret held a press conference at the State House to call attention to several bills that strengthen the penalties for drunk, impaired and reckless driving offenses. 


 
01/29/2024
Rep. Cotter, Sen. Ujifusa submit bill raising ‘circuit breaker’ tax credit to help seniors, those with disabilities
Sen. Linda L. Ujifusa and Rep. Megan Cotter are sponsoring a bill to provide relief to some of the state’s most vulnerable households by raising the eligibility limit and the maximum credit for the “circuit breaker” tax credit, which benefits low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.


 
01/24/2024
Kislak, Shallcross Smith sponsor Right to Repair bills
Rep. Rebecca Kislak and Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith have introduced two bills aimed at defending Rhode Islanders’ right to repair their own belongings.


 
01/24/2024
Deputy Speaker Hull introduces LEOBOR reform bill
Deputy Speaker Raymond A. Hull has introduced the Law Enforcement Officers’ Due Process, Accountability and Transparency Act (2024-H 7263) which will bring significant and long-overdue reforms to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR).


 
01/19/2024
Speakman reintroduces bill to boost ADU development
Legislation is part of House effort to address housing crisis
 
Rep. June S. Speakman, chairwoman of the House Commission on Housing Affordability, has reintroduced legislation to boost housing production by helping Rhode Islanders to develop accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property.


 
01/03/2024
Refreshed General Assembly website launched today
With the 2024 legislative session convening this week, a refreshed General Assembly website went live this morning.