State Senate http://ripr.org en Senators Briefed On The State of Healthsource RI http://ripr.org/post/senators-briefed-state-healthsource-ri <p>The head of Rhode Island's online insurance marketplace says she's encouraged by the amount of interest consumers have shown in signing up for health insurance on the state’s newly launched health exchange.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s been up and running since October 1<sup>st</sup> to help uninsured Rhode Islanders and small businesses get the health coverage most are required to have by January 2014.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:15:33 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23349 at http://ripr.org Senators Briefed On The State of Healthsource RI Montalbano Nominated for Superior Court; Chafee Hands the Senate two Magistrate Vacancies http://ripr.org/post/montalbano-nominated-superior-court-chafee-hands-senate-two-magistrate-vacancies <p>In a move that will be interpreted as a kiss to the leadership of the state Senate, Governor Lincoln Chafee on Friday unveiled his nomination of former Senate president Joseph Montalbano as a Superior Court judge. Chafee is also nominating Patricia Asquith as associate justice of the Family Court.</p><p>Via statement:</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:02:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 15020 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, the Master Lever, and the Ethics Commission http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-archambault-same-sex-marriage-master-lever-and-ethics-commission <p>State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) joins us to talk about the outlook on same-sex marriage; the effectiveness of the General Assembly; whether the master lever should be abolished; and whether Ethics Commission oversight of lawmakers should be restored, among other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 12737 at http://ripr.org RI's Grassroots Fight For and Against Same-Sex Marriage http://ripr.org/post/ris-grassroots-fight-and-against-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>Legislation that legalizes same-sex marriage in Rhode Island remains under consideration in the state Senate. Supporters want the General Assembly to approve same-sex marriage; opponents are backing a bill with broad exceptions that would make the issue subject to a statewide vote. Exactly when the Senate will vote on these bills remains unclear. Yet both sides are relying on grassroots campaigns to tip the outcome in their favor. These efforts could determine whether Rhode Island changes its status as the only New England state that has not yet legalized same-sex marriage.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 12732 at http://ripr.org RI's Grassroots Fight For and Against Same-Sex Marriage Political Roundtable: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, Governor Chafee, and the RI GOP http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-archambault-same-sex-marriage-governor-chafee-and-ri-gop <p>State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) joins the Roundtable to discuss same-sex marriage, Governor Lincoln Chafee's blaming of the media for his low approval ratings; and continued woes for the RI GOP.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 12738 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, Governor Chafee, and the RI GOP Archambault Predicts Senate Will Pass Same-Sex Marriage; Options Open for 2014 http://ripr.org/post/archambault-predicts-senate-will-pass-same-sex-marriage-options-open-2014 <p></p><p>State Senator <a href="http://archambaultforstatesenate.com/">Stephen Archambault</a> (D-Smithfield) believes the "marriage equality" bill backed by same-sex marriage proponents will emerge from the Senate Judiciary Committee and receive overwhelming support in the full Senate.</p><p>"I expect it will go to a [committee] vote, and I'm confident it will pass," Archambault says of the same-sex marriage bill introduced by state Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket).</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:25:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 12711 at http://ripr.org Archambault Predicts Senate Will Pass Same-Sex Marriage; Options Open for 2014 State Senate Unveils Plan to Boost Economy http://ripr.org/post/state-senate-unveils-plan-boost-economy <p>The leadership of the state Senate Tuesday unveiled a legislative package of 25 bills meant to improve Rhode Island’s economy.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:21:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 11845 at http://ripr.org State Senate Unveils Plan to Boost Economy General Assembly Back in Session http://ripr.org/post/general-assembly-back-session <p>After a one-week winter break, the General Assembly gets back to work Tuesday.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:12:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 10957 at http://ripr.org General Assembly Back in Session Thursday, February 14, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/thursday-february-14-2013 <p>Most employers would not be able to ask job applicants about their criminal history under legislation being considered.&nbsp; The Portsmouth Town Council has banned the feeding of coyotes. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%20February%2014%202013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:31:41 +0000 Lydia Rogers 10342 at http://ripr.org Tuesday, February 12, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/tuesday-february-12-2013 <p>Power is being restored to most of RI customers following this weekend's snow storm.&nbsp; The State Senate votes on nominees for the new Board of Education.&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%20February%2012%202013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:37:50 +0000 Lydia Rogers 10193 at http://ripr.org