“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"
Rhode Island’s minimum wage would rise from $11.50 an hour today to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2025, under legislation approved by the House on Thursday…Continue reading "House Approves Legislation To Bring RI Closer To $15 An Hour Minimum Wage"
Today, Clean Water Action is pleased to name Priscilla De La Cruz, Erika Niedowski, Senator Dawn Euer, RI House Majority Leader Chris Blazejewski, and Representative Lauren Carson as their 2021 Environmental Champions…Continue reading "Clean Water Action Names 2021 Environmental Champions"
“We already making steps,” said state Rep. Chris Blazejewski. “We hit the goal in 2020, we’re on our way to hitting the goal in 2030 and we need to have a long-term plan to hit the net zero by 2050.”Continue reading "Rhode Island climate bill heads to Gov. McKee’s desk"