Latest Rhode Island State General Assembly News

Gov. announces plans for reopening State House to public

May. 25, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Rhode Island State House reopens to the public on June 1, some coronavirus restrictions will remain in place, Gov. Dan McKee announced Tuesday. Visitors will be allowed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will have to sign a...

Rhode Island minimum wage hikes signed into law

May. 21, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Daniel McKee has signed into law legislation that increases Rhode Island’s minimum hourly wage incrementally to $15 over the next few years. The current $11.50 minimum will go up to $12.25 next Jan. 1, then will increase annually until it...

Rhode Island lawmakers unveil new 20-year gambling contract

May. 05, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 20-year contract between Rhode Island and the state’s largest gambling companies was unveiled this week and will go before the House Finance Committee on Thursday. If approved by the General Assembly and Gov. Dan McKee, the state would enter...

Lawmaker renews call to overhaul police disciplinary law

Apr. 21, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state lawmaker in Rhode Island is renewing calls to overhaul the state's police misconduct law following Tuesday's guilty verdicts in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer in the killing of George Floyd. Democratic Rep. Anastasia...

Senate panel holding hearing on lieutenant governor nominee

Apr. 08, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are beginning the process to confirm the state’s next lieutenant governor The state Senate's Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Thursday to consider the nomination of Providence City Council President Sabina Matos,...

Rhode Island lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill

Apr. 07, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have passed a wide-ranging bill to address climate change that would require the state to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and Gov. Daniel McKee has indicated he will sign it. The Act on Climate bill received its...

Rhode Island lawmakers introduce police reform bill

Mar. 30, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban police from using chokeholds and require body-worn cameras for officers in every department statewide, among other things. The bill proposed by Sen. Jonathon Acosta and Rep....

Are suit jackets oppression? Lawmakers fight own dress codes

Mar. 25, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A sneaker-clad Latino state senator in Rhode Island is objecting to his chamber’s jacket and dress shirt edict as a form of white oppression. Female lawmakers in Montana complain proposed rules dealing with s kirt lengths and necklines are overly sexist. ...

GOP's Lancia announces another run for Congress

Mar. 22, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Republican state Rep. Robert Lancia announced Monday that he intends to run for Congress again in 2022. Lancia, who lost to incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin last November, made the announcement on WPRO radio. ...