Anastasia Williams

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new bill aims to provide financial relief for cosmetologists who provide natural braiding services. Providence Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced the bill Monday. It would waive licensing requirements for hairdressers who provide the services predominantly sought out by women of color.

UPDATE: Williams (Labor) Ajello (Judiciary) Melo (Finance) out as committee chairs as Mattiello takes over.

As has been the case since its days as a British colony, Rhode Island’s florid political culture is once again enmeshed in upheaval because of chicanery in high places.

The abrupt demise of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence means another episode of   `As the Rhode Island Statehouse turns.’