Rhode Island lawmakers are on the verge of allowing people in the country illegally to obtain a permit to drive an automobile, ending a two-decade debate over one of the state’s hot-button cultural issues.Continue reading "RI lawmakers to vote on driving permits for unauthorized immigrant￼"
Blazejewski said he was in high school when the school shooting took place in Columbine, Colorado. “That day, in 1999, shook the country, but it did not stop the violence,” he said. “Horrifyingly, mass shootings in the United States have gotten more frequent and more deadly.”Continue reading "Three Gun Safety Bills Become Law"
‘We have had the best year ever regarding environmental legislation, and we do not want to take a step backward,’ House leaders say of ‘advanced recycling’ legislationContinue reading "House won’t pass plastics-to-fuel bill this year"
“The magnitude of the cannabis legislation, specifically the state-initiated expungement piece, is without equal,” said Representative Leonela Felix (Democrat, District 61, Pawtucket), who took the lead on ensuring that the bill was amended to include automatic expungement.Continue reading "Amended cannabis legalization bills introduced and on path to passage"
Democratic-led House votes 52 to 13 for the Let RI Vote Act while rejecting amendments proposed by Republicans. Governor McKee vows to sign the bill into law.Continue reading "House passes bill making mail ballots easier to use in R.I."
In the midst of what health care providers are call a “mental health state of emergency for Rhode Island children,” Rhode Island State Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell and Senator Sandra Cano are calling for the passage of their Trauma-Informed Schools Act to implement trauma-informed practices in schools throughout the state.Continue reading "The Trauma-Informed School Act prioritizes the mental health of our students"
The House has passed legislation that would start a program for the redistribution of unused prescription medication to aid those who cannot afford or access their prescription.Continue reading "House bill to create program for redistribution of unused prescription medication"
House Speaker Shekarchi and Majority Leader Blazejewski talk about expanding affordable housing, legalizing marijuana, achieving Act on Climate goals.Continue reading "R.I. House leaders preview the 2022 legislative session"
A compromise to move four gun-related bills to the full Rhode Island House and Senate strained under pressure Monday, as the sponsor of one bill withdrew it due to changes…Continue reading "Gun Compromise Strains Under Pressure, with Leadership Votes Saving Two Bills"
Under the state budget bill (2021-H 6122A) that will come before the House today, Rhode Island will launch a five-year pilot program to create permanent supportive housing…Continue reading "State Budget Bill Includes A New Pilot Program To House, Help Chronically Homeless"