Latest Rhode Island state government News

Governor signs bill legalizing recreational marijuana

May. 25, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor signed legislation Wednesday making the state the 19th in the nation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, an issue that some lawmakers have been working on for years. “Together we got this job done and we got it done...

State attorney general withdraws objection to utility deal

May. 23, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island ratepayers should expect about $200 million in benefits under an agreement clearing the way for the state’s main electricity and gas provider to be sold to a Pennsylvania-based corporation, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday. ...

Lawmakers revise bill to legalize recreational marijuana

May. 17, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled changes Tuesday to a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, revisions that aim to ensure the legislation passes the state's General Assembly. The amended bill was released Tuesday in advance of committee votes...

Head of Rhode Island hospital group announces retirement

May. 11, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of Rhode Island's second-largest hospital group announced Wednesday that he will retire early next year. Care New England Health System President and CEO Dr. James Fanale's announcement comes nearly three months after the state attorney general's...

Rhode Island Supreme Court decision upholds abortion law

May. 04, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 2019 state law that protects abortion rights in the state when it rejected a legal challenge to a lower court's decision. The decision came just two days after a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion was leaked...

New Rhode Island State Police commander sworn in

Apr. 29, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Col. Darnell Weaver was sworn in as the superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police on Friday, the 15th person to lead the agency, but the first person of color in the role. “At this moment in time, I believe this is the moment to connect our...

Rhode Island State Police to get first commander of color

Apr. 27, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee announced Wednesday that he has appointed Lt. Col. Darnell Weaver to be the next superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, making him the first person of color to command the department. Weaver will assume the rank of colonel during a...

Former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung seeks congressional seat

Apr. 26, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung officially launched his campaign Tuesday for the state’s seat in Congress being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin. Fung, a two-time Republican gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island, said he'd help end...

RI DMV head won't face charges in prostitution investigation

Apr. 25, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of Rhode Island's Division of Motor Vehicles won't face criminal charges in connection with an alleged prostitution operation that leased his rental property, the state's attorney general said Monday. Attorney General Peter Neronha said his review...

Segal, a Democrat, enters Rhode Island congressional race

Apr. 20, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Democratic state lawmaker David Segal has joined the race in Rhode Island to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, a fellow Democrat who's retiring after over two decades in office. Segal announced his decision Wednesday. He said many voters are fed up with...