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Fri July 1, 2011
General Assembly adjourns for the summer
By BRADLEY CAMPBELL
PROVIDENCE, RI – In the waning hours of the legislative session, the General Assembly passed a host of new legislation. Some of the new measures could change the way we vote.
The first bill would require voters to present identification to cast a ballot in a general, primary or special election. Acceptable ID include, but are not limited to, a driver's license, a passport or a social security card.
The second bill moves the Ocean State presidential primary to the last Tuesday in April. This will match the date of the primaries in Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.
As for bills that have nothing to do with voting these include a measure to reactivate a council on homelessness, the creation of a seafood marketing collaborative, and a bill to catch repeat traffic violators. All of the bills now move on to the governor's desk for consideration.
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