rhode island house of representatives http://ripr.org en Finance Committee To Take First Pass At 2015 State Budget http://ripr.org/post/finance-committee-take-first-pass-2015-state-budget <p>The House Finance Committee is expected to vote this Thursday on a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The General Assembly traditionally makes significant revisions to the governor’s proposed spending plan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:51:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 34705 at http://ripr.org Finance Committee To Take First Pass At 2015 State Budget Name Placement To Be Determined For Woonsocket Special Election Ballot http://ripr.org/post/name-placement-be-determined-woonsocket-special-election-ballot <p>The secretary of state’s office will hold a lottery Friday to determine the ballot placement of names for a special primary election in Woonsocket. Four candidates are competing in the January 21<sup>st</sup> primary for the state rep seat formerly held by state Rep Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Baldelli-Hunt resigned her state rep seat after winning election as mayor of Woonsocket last month. The primary election could decide who succeeds Baldelli-Hunt, since the four candidates are all Democrats.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:40:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 26871 at http://ripr.org RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline http://ripr.org/post/ri-gun-control-task-force-unlikely-meet-january-deadline <p>A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:56:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 21912 at http://ripr.org RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises http://ripr.org/post/state-republicans-point-democrats-unemployment-rises <p>The head of the state Republican Party is blaming legislative Democrats for failing to improve Rhode Island’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate climbed by a tenth of percent in July, to 8.9 percent.</p><p></p><p>State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders are wrong to brag about their efforts when the unemployment rate is going in the wrong direction.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:22:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 20324 at http://ripr.org State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises Ten Cent Tolls to Operate on the Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org/post/ten-cent-tolls-operate-sakonnet-river-bridge <p>On a 40-25 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impose a 10-cent toll on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.&nbsp; The move comes after the House last week delayed plans for tolls on the bridge.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Lawmakers said they reversed course because a federal requirement bans the addition of new tolls once a bridge is substantially complete. One opponent of tolls, Tiverton Representative John Edwards, said he hopes the Sakonnet toll might still be eliminated in the future.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:58:17 +0000 Ian Donnis 17826 at http://ripr.org No State Budget Approved in the House of Reps http://ripr.org/post/no-state-budget-approved-house-reps <p>In a development unheard of in recent history, the Rhode Island House of Representations ended a 10-hour budget session Wednesday without approving a spending plan. The budget remains 13 million dollars out of balance due to a rare defeat for House leaders.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:54:32 +0000 Ian Donnis 17477 at http://ripr.org No State Budget Approved in the House of Reps NRA lobbyist comes to RI http://ripr.org/post/nra-lobbyist-comes-ri <p>The debate over how to respond to gun-related violence is heating up at the Statehouse. A lobbyist for the National Rifle Association is slated to brief state reps Wednesday.<br><br>NRA lobbyist Darin Goens will offer a briefing at the request of Woonsocket Representative Lisa Baldelli Hunt. The discussion comes as the Assembly is expected to consider a series of gun-related bills later this session.<br> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:35:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 11035 at http://ripr.org General Assembly Back in Session http://ripr.org/post/general-assembly-back-session <p>After a one-week winter break, the General Assembly gets back to work Tuesday.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:12:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 10957 at http://ripr.org General Assembly Back in Session Students plan march for marriage equality http://ripr.org/post/students-plan-march-marriage-equality <p style="margin-left:-.25in;">Students from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design planned to do something different for Valentine’s Day. In an effort to ensure marriage equality in Rhode Island, students planned a rally on College Hill before a march to the Statehouse, where Representative Frank Ferri was scheduled to speak publicly.</p><p style="margin-left:-.25in;">Protest organizer Michelle Bailhe says many groups come together in support of marriage equality.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:47:07 +0000 Jehane Samaha 10370 at http://ripr.org House discusses K-9 veterans' day http://ripr.org/post/house-discusses-k-9-veterans-day <p></p><p style="margin-left:-.25in;">Since World War II, thousands of dogs have served the USA, though their contributions often go unnoticed. Yesterday, the Rhode Island House Veterans’ Affairs Committee considered a bill to set March 13<sup>th</sup> as a state-wide holiday, “K-9 Veterans’ Day.”</p><p style="margin-left:-.25in;">Ron Aiello, President of the United States War Dogs Association, says in the past 10 years, there have been approximately 600 to 700 dog teams in the Middle East at any one time.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:37:10 +0000 Jehane Samaha 9965 at http://ripr.org House discusses K-9 veterans' day