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9:27 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Supreme Court Takes Up Case Dealing With Government Transparency

  The state Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case involving police reports from a party hosted by the son of former governor Lincoln Chafee. The case is considered an important test of government transparency.

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9:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

House Judiciary Committee Set To Take Up Slate Of Bills Tuesday

The House Judiciary Committee is set to take up a slate of legislation Tuesday.
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A House committee is slated to vote Tuesday on several bills filed after a Providence lawmaker was accused of misappropriating campaign funds. One of the bills would require officeholders to file an annual bank statement to back up information on campaign reports.

House Judiciary will also vote on bills calling for separate campaign accounts for public officeholders, and in some cases, for finance reports to be filed by someone other than the officeholder.

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Politics
1:07 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Advocates Call for More Openness in Magistrate-Selection Process

Common Cause RI's John Marion
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A good government group is supporting a bill that would bring more transparency to the process of selecting magistrates. Magistrates perform many of the same functions of judges, but they’re selected behind closed doors.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed April 1, 2015

RI's Religious Freedom Law Draws Little Criticism Despite Similarities To Indiana

RI law protects both religious freedoms, and the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.
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Rhode Island has a religious freedom law that bears some similarity to an Indiana proposal, that is now raising controversy around the country. Rhode Island’s law drew little criticism when it passed more than 20 years ago.

Rhode Island ACLU director Steve Brown said Rhode Island’s religious freedom law was passed with broad support in the early 1990s. Brown said the law was a response to a US Supreme Court decision denying the right of Native Americans to use peyote in religious ceremonies.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Hearings On Gov. Raimondo's Proposed Budget Set To Begin

Hearings on the proposed state budget are set to begin Tuesday at the Statehouse.
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Legislative finance committees are set to start holding hearings Tuesday on details of Governor Gina Raimondo’s first budget. The governor’s spending plan has attracted both praise and criticism.

The House and Senate finance committees stage weeks of hearings to review different aspects of the annual budget. Supporters and opponents of different programs turn out to testify, in an attempt to sway lawmakers.

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