senate http://ripr.org en General Assembly Races Through A Flurry Of Legislation As Session Draws To Close http://ripr.org/post/general-assembly-races-through-flurry-legislation-session-draws-close <p>The House and Senate passed scores of bills Wednesday as the General Assembly raced to finish its session. The measures moving forward include the repeal of the master lever.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:54 +0000 Ian Donnis 35438 at http://ripr.org General Assembly Races Through A Flurry Of Legislation As Session Draws To Close Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls http://ripr.org/post/senate-committee-votes-eliminate-sakonnet-river-tolls <p>A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to create a new Rhode Island infrastructure fund that would eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, the bill faces several hurdles to take effect.</p><p></p><p>The legislation unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee would generate 800 million dollars over 10 years for keeping up roads and bridges. Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed calls the bill a long-term approach, starting next year, for improving the state’s decaying infrastructure.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:07:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 33207 at http://ripr.org Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-we-have-pay-our-debts-there-s-time-politics-later <p>The federal government is edging closer to a government shutdown. President Barack Obama said he&#39;ll veto legislation coming out of the House that delays much of the Affordable Care Act for a year.&nbsp; Over in the Democratic-run Senate, it has passed legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving Obamacare untouched. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island&rsquo;s senior senator Jack Reed to talk about what could be done to avoid a shutdown.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:01:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 22411 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later Congressional Q+A: Reed on Syria, Wall Street Reform + DC Spending Battles http://ripr.org/post/congressional-qa-reed-syria-wall-street-reform-dc-spending-battles <p></p><p>As part of a week-long series of conversations with Rhode Island's congressional delegation. Senator Jack Reed stopped by to discuss Syria and the outlook for stability in the Middle East; Wall Street reform; upcoming spending battles in Washington; and more.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 20919 at http://ripr.org Congressional Q+A: Reed on Syria, Wall Street Reform + DC Spending Battles Valois Approved for Economic Development Corporation by Senate Committee http://ripr.org/post/valois-approved-economic-development-corporation-senate-committee <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation appears on a fast-track to approval, following his unanimous approval Tuesday by a state Senate committee.&nbsp; Marcel Valois is calling for more support for small innovators and entrepreneurs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Valois says Rhode Island’s business climate doesn’t have to remain the butt of bad ratings in national surveys. Invoking the state motto of “hope,” he says Rhode Island can prosper by bringing a sharper focus and new approach to economic development.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:48:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 15250 at http://ripr.org Valois Approved for Economic Development Corporation by Senate Committee Rhode Island Republicans Eye Reed's Seat http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-republicans-eye-reeds-seat <p>The state Republican chairman says the GOP plans to field a candidate when Senator Jack Reed seeks re-election next year.&nbsp; A fundraiser on Monday, featuring Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, helped pour even more money into Reed’s campaign war chest.</p><p></p><p>Reed is considered to have one of the safest seats in the US Senate, and he’s sitting on a war chest of about $2 million. Reed, a Democrat, plans to seek his fourth term next year.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:15:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 14403 at http://ripr.org Miller: full agenda for state senate health committee http://ripr.org/post/miller-full-agenda-state-senate-health-committee <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) State Sen. Josh Miller has been named chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The senator representing Cranston and Providence is anticipating a full agenda for health-related legislation.</p><p>Josh Miller takes the helm of the health and human services committee from former chairwoman Rhoda Perry, who didn’t run for reelection. As the new chair, Miller will wield influence over the senate’s health legislation agenda. He says he hopes to consider, in particular, legislation to address disparities in hospital payments.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:23:34 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 7125 at http://ripr.org