Frank Ferri http://ripr.org en Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again http://ripr.org/post/efforts-curb-payday-lending-statehouse-once-again <p>Legislation dealing with payday loans is once again working its way through the general assembly.</p><p></p><p></p><p>This is the latest of several attempts in recent years to curb payday lending in Rhode Island at the Statehouse.</p><p>The controversial practice offers quick loans, but they often come with interest rates that can soar to more than two-hundred fifty percent.</p><p>At the Statehouse, Representative Frank Ferri, and Senator Juan Pichardo announced they’ll introduce legislation capping payday loan interest rates at thirty six percent.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:16:45 +0000 John Bender 28666 at http://ripr.org Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again With Same-Sex Marriage Legal State Rep Frank Ferri Plans to Marry http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-legal-state-rep-frank-ferri-plans-marry <p>As same-sex marriage becomes legal in Rhode Island Thursday, state Representative Frank Ferri and his longtime partner are among those planning to mark the day by tying the knot. &nbsp;It took almost 20 years to legalize same-sex marriage in the Ocean State.</p><p></p><p>Ferri and his partner, Tony Caparco, plan to marry in Warwick this evening with about 300 friends and family members on hand. House Speaker Gordon Fox will perform the ceremony. Ferri, a Warwick Democrat, says the newfound ability of gays and lesbians to marry in Rhode Island will lend special meaning to the nuptials.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:06:25 +0000 Ian Donnis 19353 at http://ripr.org