legal issues http://ripr.org en Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September http://ripr.org/post/mediation-over-pension-dispute-headed-trial-september <p></p><p>Rhode Island's multi-billion dollar pension dispute appears headed to a September 15 trial date in Superior Court after a breakdown in attempts to resolve the conflict through mediation.</p><p>Each side blamed the other for the impasse following more than a year of talks.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:01:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 31919 at http://ripr.org Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/chafee-says-hes-still-hopeful-pension-settlement <p></p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee says he remains hopeful the proposed state pension settlement can be salvaged, possibly by leaving out the police group that was the only one of six in an initial round of voting <a href="http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-doubt-now-taft-carter-orders-both-sides-back-mediation">to reject the deal</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:26:39 +0000 Ian Donnis 31704 at http://ripr.org Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement Pension Settlement Appears Back on Track http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-appears-back-track <p></p><p>Update: It looks like a settlement is back on; the federal mediation service plans to hold a news conference at 4:15 pm Friday.</p><p>A news conference to unveil a pension settlement Wednesday afternoon was abruptly postponed, although closed-door mediation in the case will continue. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the dispute has also set a trial for September 15, in the event that a settlement can’t be reached.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:59:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 29033 at http://ripr.org Pension Settlement Appears Back on Track Pension Settlement Set For Unveiling Wednesday; Deal Shrouded in Secrecy http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-set-unveiling-wednesday-deal-shrouded-secrecy <p>State officials and the public-employee unions that sued over a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system have reached a settlement, yet the deal remains shrouded in secrecy in advance of its expected unveiling Wednesday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee and Treasurer Gina Raimondo briefed House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed on highlights of the agreement during a closed-door Statehouse meeting Monday afternoon. Fox declined to offer any specifics after emerging from the meeting:</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:19:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 28914 at http://ripr.org Pension Settlement Set For Unveiling Wednesday; Deal Shrouded in Secrecy Watch Continues on Possible Settlement in Pension Case http://ripr.org/post/watch-continues-possible-settlement-pension-case <p>Speculation continues about whether a settlement will emerge from closed-door pension mediation as soon as next week.<strong> </strong></p><p>The head of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Daniel Beardsley, is worried that a settlement could hike pension costs for communities by more than $100 million. The league outlines its concerns in<a href="http://www.rileague.org/DocumentCenter/View/151"> a new white paper</a>. But as Beardsley says, it remains unclear if the General Assembly will be receptive to approving a settlement.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:35:22 +0000 Ian Donnis 28801 at http://ripr.org Watch Continues on Possible Settlement in Pension Case 38 Studios Update: Auction, Depositions + More http://ripr.org/post/38-studios-update-auction-depositions-more <p></p><p>Intellectual property rights for<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/01/154121903/schilling-blames-rhode-island-for-companys-downward-spiral"> 38 Studios</a>, the failed video game that left Rhode Island taxpayers on the hook for $90 million, were slated to hit the auction block Wednesday. Nick Jimenez, executive vice president with <a href="http://www.hgpauction.com/">Heritage Global Auctions</a>, says via email there will be "more to report after the sales process is completed in the coming days." In the interim, an update on related developments:</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:39:32 +0000 Ian Donnis 26128 at http://ripr.org 38 Studios Update: Auction, Depositions + More Anticipation Grows About Possible Deal in Pension Talks http://ripr.org/post/anticipation-grows-about-possible-deal-pension-talks <p>Speculation is growing that a deal may have been reached in the pension mediation talks first<a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/taft-carter-orders-mediation-in-the-pension-lawsuit/"> ordered in December 2012</a> by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:20:49 +0000 Ian Donnis 25326 at http://ripr.org TG1F: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tg1f-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media <p>The Red Sox win big, politics never takes a holiday, and the calendar turns to November, marking the one-year mark until Rhode Island's next general election. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to send me tips and feedback at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">follow my short takes via Twitter</a>. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:18:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 24146 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on Exeter, Gun Legislation + Free Speech at Brown http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-kilmartin-exeter-gun-legislation-free-speech-brown <p></p><p>Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race for governor; the fate of gun-related legislation in the General Assembly; the cancaled appearance at Brown University involving New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly, and other issues.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 24088 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on Exeter, Gun Legislation + Free Speech at Brown Kilmartin Wants Background Checks for Strip Club Workers http://ripr.org/post/kilmartin-wants-background-checks-strip-club-workers <p></p><p>Attorney General<a href="http://www.peterkilmartin.com/"> Peter Kilmartin</a> says his office is developing legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session that would require background checks for workers in Rhode Island's adult entertainment industry.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:55:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 24092 at http://ripr.org Kilmartin Wants Background Checks for Strip Club Workers