Latest Rhode Island State General Assembly News

General Assembly planning to return for sessions

Jul. 5, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are working on plans for a rare summer session later this month to consider several bills, legislative leaders say. Committee hearings are being scheduled in both the Senate and House chambers next week and the House is expected to reconvene on July 16,...

Rhode Island lawmakers running unopposed for reelection

Jun. 25, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than a third of the 113 Rhode Island legislators running for reelection are running unopposed. At least 38 of the contested elections feature same party candidates battling for one seat, the Providence Journal reported. Republican Rep. John Lyle of Lincoln is seeking...

Governor says no plans to slow down on COVID-19 testing

Jun. 22, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Rhode Island officials have no plans to slow down the state's aggressive coronavirus testing program despite a suggestion by President Donald Trump that the country stop testing so many people because it results in too many positive cases, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Monday. “I know there's been national...

Rhode Island Republican state Rep. Michael Chippendale, front right, joins with others as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the floor of the House Chamber while separated by plastic protective barriers at the start of a legislative session, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. Wednesday's session was the first by the legislature to be held on the floor of the chamber since March of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Island reports 11 new COVID-19 deaths, 49 new cases

Jun. 17, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials on Wednesday reported 11 new coronavirus deaths and 49 new positive cases. That brings the state’s virus death toll to 876. The state has reported more than 16,200 positive cases. Nearly 130 people are hospitalized, according to data released by the...

Candidates sue to change ballot signature rule amid pandemic

Jun. 16, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several candidates for legislative office in Rhode Island filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the rule requiring the in-person collection of signatures to get on the ballot, saying its putting them at risk amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit filed in federal court by the...

Lawmakers weighing plan to close $235M budget deficit

Jun. 16, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers will consider on Tuesday a plan to close a projected $235 million deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The General Assembly's House and Senate finance committees are slated to hold hearings and likely vote on the Democratic leadership's plan, which was...

Worker Toby King, left, installs plastic partitions, with a removable blue protective covering, between desks, Monday, June 15, 2020, on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. The partitions are being installed before the expected return of lawmakers to the Statehouse on Wednesday, June 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Lawmakers resume work on budget, pandemic and police bills

Jun. 15, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are getting back to work Monday. The state General Assembly is resuming its legislative session this week with a series of hearings and meetings on the state budget, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and police reform bills, among other issues. On Monday, the...

Rhode Island's coronavirus death toll climbs above 800

Jun. 9, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number of people in Rhode Island who have died from the coronavirus climbed above 800 on Tuesday, but the number of people hospitalized with the disease continues to decline, state health officials announced. The state Department of Health reported nine new fatalities for a...

2 former lawmakers released from federal prison

May. 15, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

Two former Rhode Island state lawmakers convicted of federal crimes have been released from prison, according to federal records. Former State Rep. and House Finance Committee chairman Raymond Gallison Jr. has been released to a halfway house according to the Bureau of Prisons website, WPRI-TV reported. A bureau...

State to distribute masks, cleaning supplies to businesses

May. 13, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will distribute thousands of masks and disinfectant products to businesses as the state gradually reopens its economy, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday. Starting next week, businesses with 50 or fewer employees will be able to qualify for the free supplies so long...