Rhode Island's next governor - whether it's Republican Allan Fung or Democrat Gina Raimondo - will have plenty of challenges to tackle upon taking office. The state's ailing economy will most likely hold the spotlight over the next eight weeks until the general election. But perhaps I could put a few health care items on the agenda for their consideration - and for the general assembly's.

Another legislative session has wrapped up. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how health care fared on Smith Hill.

Here's a transcript of their discussion.

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Several veteran-related bills made it through the General Assembly and are on their way to the governor’s desk. One of those bills gives disabled veterans waivers for classes at state colleges and universities.

Another bill lets honorably discharged veterans and National Guard reservists transfer skills they’ve learned during their service to fulfill requirements for trade apprenticeships.

Lawmakers also passed a resolution urging employers to give veterans who work for them time off on Veteran’s Day.

Legislation being reviewed Wednesday would allow Bruins fans to show their support on a license plate. The bill creates a special Boston Bruins license plate, similar to the plates for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

The plate would cost an extra $40 and half of that would go to Rhode Island charities.  Sen. Maryellen Goodwin sponsored the bill.

Another piece of license plate legislation being reviewed Wednesday creates a plate for Eagle Scouts.


The legislative session is drawing to a close. Before it ends; a look back at some of the key bills that have been passed.

Prospective employers will no longer be allowed to ask if an applicant has been convicted of a crime, under so called “ban the box” legislation approved by the General Assembly.  The legislation applies to employers with at least four employees. It allows them to ask about a person’s criminal past only in the interview process and beyond.

Dozens of bills have been introduced in the General Assembly this session that, if passed, could affect your health, your family's health, or the state's health care system.