Rhode Island Statehouse http://ripr.org en A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House http://ripr.org/post/closer-look-gordon-foxs-resignation-and-changing-leadership-house <p>The Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to cap a dramatic sequence of events unfolding over the last few days by electing a new speaker Tuesday. The change was set in motion last Friday when state and federal authorities raided House Speaker Gordon Fox’s East Side home and Statehouse office. Fox resigned from his leadership position the next day, saying he doesn’t plan to seek re-election to his state rep seat in November.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:00:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison, Ian Donnis & Scott MacKay 30994 at http://ripr.org A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House Interfaith Vigil At The Statehouse Calls For Lawmakers To Address RI Poverty http://ripr.org/post/interfaith-vigil-statehouse-calls-lawmakers-address-ri-poverty <p>A coalition of Rhode Island religious leaders is calling on lawmakers to put poverty at the top of their agenda this year.&nbsp; The plea was issued at a Statehouse rally Wednesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:04:22 +0000 Flo Jonic 27430 at http://ripr.org Interfaith Vigil At The Statehouse Calls For Lawmakers To Address RI Poverty Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block Files Complaint Against State Properties Committee http://ripr.org/post/gubernatorial-candidate-ken-block-files-complaint-against-state-properties-committee <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has filed a complaint, accusing the state agency that manages state-owned properties with multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act.&nbsp; The candidate is also calling on the General Assembly to strengthen the law and enhance the penalties for violating it.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:57:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 27377 at http://ripr.org Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block Files Complaint Against State Properties Committee Statue Of Revolutionary Thomas Dorr Unveiled At The Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/statue-revolutionary-thomas-dorr-unveiled-statehouse <p>State officials unveiled a lifelike statue Tuesday of one of the most important figures in Rhode Island history.</p><p></p><p>The statue of Thomas Dorr was celebrated during an afternoon ceremony outside the Senate chamber at the Statehouse.</p><p></p><p>State historian Patrick Conley calls Dorr the second most significant figure, after Roger Williams, in Rhode Island history.</p><p></p><p>Dorr led a rebellion in the early 1840s that led to expanded voting rights. Before the so-called Dorr Rebellion, only property owners were able to vote.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:57:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 27376 at http://ripr.org Statue Of Revolutionary Thomas Dorr Unveiled At The Statehouse House Finance Committee Will Meet To Look At Reining In Spending http://ripr.org/post/house-finance-committee-will-meet-look-reining-spending <p>The House Finance Committee will meet this afternoon to review attempts to rein in spending in different state agencies.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Spending above budgeted amounts has been an issue in some different state departments in recent years. The agencies in question include the state Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.</p><p></p><p>The heads of those two departments have in the past attributed the higher than expected spending to overtime and other unpredictable expenses.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:11:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 26465 at http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Will Meet To Look At Reining In Spending Same-sex marriage bill moves to full RI House http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-bill-moves-full-ri-house <p>A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island has cleared its first legislative hurdle.&nbsp;The House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the legislation, paving the way for a full House vote later this week.</p><p>The crowd assembled for the same sex marriage vote erupted in applause and cheers when the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass the bill on to the full House.&nbsp; The panel had heard hours of testimony. By the time it came to vote, only Committee chair Edith Ajello had anything left to say.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:42:54 +0000 Flo Jonic 9016 at http://ripr.org Same-sex marriage bill moves to full RI House