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June 23, 2017

City & Government

Video: Democratic Candidates for Senate District 13 Participate in ‘An Evening of Conversation’

Four of the candidates vying for the Senate District 12 (Newport, Jamestown) seat participated in “An Evening Of Conversation” at Newport Public Library on Tuesday evening. Hosted by the Newport Democratic City Committee and moderated by Bud Cicilline, the two-hour event provided the opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves and for members of the

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Newport County Road Report: June 18 – 24

Here’s what’s happening for road work, closures and detours in and around Newport County this week. Roadwork scheduled by Rhode Island Department Of Transportation: 6/17-6/23 Overnight Newport: Rte. 138 East and West, from the Newport Bridge to Admiral Kalfbus Rd., partial right lane closures in a moving operation for roadway striping, Wednesday and Thursday nights from

House passes Rep. Carson’s bill to Notify Businesses of Impending Road Construction, Provide Assistance

The Department of Transportation will need to coordinate with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to help small businesses that will be affected by RhodeWorks construction projects under a bill sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson that cleared the House today, Rhode Island’s Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau has announced. The legislation (2017-H 5783A) is

Rep. Canario’s bill to Create a Study Commission on Marijuana Legalization Passes the House

Rep. Dennis M. Canario’s (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) legislation (2017-H 5551A) that would create a 19-member special legislative commission to study the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island passed the House of Representatives tonight. “The potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island would have drastic impacts to the fabric

General Assembly passes legislation expanding Rhode Island’s Renewable Energy Growth Program

The General Assembly today passed legislation introduced by Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) that would expand the successful Renewable Energy Growth Program with an additional 400 MW of renewable energy over 10 years. The measure now moves to the governor’s office. “The

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Charitable Bike Ride Will Cause Temporarily Lane Closures on Pell Bridge and Jamestown Bridge on Saturday Morning

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has provided the following advisory for the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges. Due to the Bike MS: Ride the Rhode 2017, held by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there will be a partial closure of the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges on Saturday, June 10.

Rep. Ruggiero’s Bill That Would Expand Renewable Energy Program wins House Approval

The House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero to extend the Renewable Energy Growth Program. The program allows homeowners, businesses and municipalities to install renewable energy systems — solar, wind, small scale hydropower — with financing over a 15- to 20-year period for lower electricity costs.  It also allows them to

Represenative Ruggiero honored by RI Parent Information Network

Rep. Deborah Ruggiero has been honored by the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) with its 2017 Legislative Partner Award. Representative Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) was honored for her “commitment, proven track record and understanding of educational and health issues facing our families and children with special health care needs through sponsorship, legislation and

Newport County Road Construction Report: June 5 – 10

Here is what’s happening for road work, closures and detours in and around Newport County this week. Roadwork scheduled by Rhode Island Department Of Transportation: 6/3-6/9 Newport: Rte. 138 East and West, from the Newport Bridge to Admiral Kalfbus Rd., partial right lane closures in a moving operation for striping, Monday-Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to

Sen. DiPalma Bill That Would add Several State Health Agencies to Caseload Estimating Conference Passes Senate

Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2017-S 0266) that would require the participation and input of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

Rep. Ruggiero and Sen. DiPalma Bill to Create Young Adult Voluntary Extension of Care Program Heard in Committees

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Deborah L. Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2017-H 5807 / 2017-S 0669) that would create a young adult voluntary extension of care program to extend the age of foster care from age 18 to age 21 have been

Rep. Abney honored as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Sigma Nu Chapter ‘Citizen of the Year’

STATE HOUSE – Rhode Island’s Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau has announced that Chairman of the House Committee on Finance Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown) was recently honored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – Sigma Nu Chapter as their “Citizen of the Year” in recognition of his exemplary demonstration of

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