Dominick Ruggerio http://ripr.org en Three Top Questions as the RI Senate Is on the Cusp of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage http://ripr.org/post/three-top-questions-ri-senate-cusp-legalizing-same-sex-marriage <p>Tuesday was a remarkable day in Rhode Island politics. First, the five-member GOP contingent in the 38-member state Senate -- including the chamber's low-key minority leader, Dennis Algiere -- <a href="http://ripr.org/post/algiere-bates-join-ri-senate-gop-bloc-backing-bill-favored-same-sex-marriage-supporters">offered its unified support for same-sex marriage</a>. Then, and much more significantly, Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio found himself on the wrong side of a key vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rhode Island is now on the cusp of legalizing same-sex marriage. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:48:22 +0000 Ian Donnis 14085 at http://ripr.org Bill Would Outlaw Debarking and Declawing of Pets http://ripr.org/post/bill-would-outlaw-debarking-and-declawing-pets <p>Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio, a Democrat from Providence, &nbsp;has introduced legislation that will prohibit landlords from requiring pet owners to declaw and devocalize their cats and dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Both procedures require invasive surgery, and, in the case of devocalization, are potentially life-threatening, according to the Coalition to Protect and Rescue of Pets.</p><p>If passed, property owners would still retain the right to bar pets from their buildings.</p><p>Similar legislation was passed in California last year.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:36:51 +0000 John Bender 10684 at http://ripr.org Paiva Weed says the Senate will try to reverse poor rankings of RI's business climate http://ripr.org/post/paiva-weed-says-senate-will-try-reverse-poor-rankings-ris-business-climate <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">As<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/10/ri-unemployment-rate-remains-second-highest-in-nati Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:20:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 4723 at http://ripr.org