Licoln Chafee http://ripr.org en Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes http://ripr.org/post/table-games-back-ballot-after-senate-reconvenes <p>In what the Senate president called “an abundance of caution” the state senate voted again and approved a bill putting casino gambling in Newport on the November ballot.</p><p></p><p>Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says the governor’s legal counsel was worried that the part of the bill giving $1.5 million dollars to Newport would be considered an appropriation. And appropriation measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes. It got only 24 votes in the final hours of the session.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:33:03 +0000 Catherine Welch 36053 at http://ripr.org Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes RI Historic Preservation Tax Credit Lottery is tomorrow http://ripr.org/post/ri-historic-preservation-tax-credit-lottery-tomorrow <p>The Rhode Island General Assembly and Gov. Lincoln Chafee approved legislation reinstating historic tax credits that are used as a spur to help finance restoration of historic buildings in the Ocean State. Tomorrow, the RI Division of Taxation will hold a lottery drawing for the reopened tax credit program.</p><p>The program has been generally closed since 2008, according to a statement from Neil Downing, the division’s chief revenue agent. But some projects were grandfathered in and have been proceeding. But about $34.5 million in credits available but unclaimed as of May 15, 2013.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:03:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 20657 at http://ripr.org Opposition group doesn't see same-sex marriage bill passing in the RI senate http://ripr.org/post/opposition-group-doesnt-see-same-sex-marriage-bill-passing-ri-senate <p>A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House</p><p>Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:13:14 +0000 Catherine Welch 9238 at http://ripr.org