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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Political Roundtable: Marcello on the Sakonnet Toll Controvery, 38 Studios + More

State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the bumpy end to the House session; new tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; repaying bonds for 38 Studios; and other issues.

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Health Care
11:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

General Assembly Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

The General Assembly has approved legislation that bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Electronic cigarettes,  also known as e-cigarettes, are electronic nicotine delivery systems shaped like cigarettes or cigars. They deliver nicotine to a user in the form of vapor. 

The sponsor of the bill, Majority Leader Dominic Ruggerio, said getting kids hooked on nicotine through e-cigarettes is just as bad as getting them started on regular cigarettes.

Politics
9:10 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Future Of the EDC In the Hands Of the General Assembly

The General Assembly is slated to consider bills later Tuesday to revamp Rhode Island’s approach to economic development.  The action comes on the last day of the legislative session.

The state Economic Development Corporation has been marked for years by turnover in its top leadership. Governor Lincoln Chafee wants to give the EDC a chance to show its stuff with a new board and a new director, Marcel Valois. But the General Assembly could make some significant changes to the agency.

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Is the "Choose Life" License Plate This Year's Voter ID?

One of the many last-minute bills being considered by the General Assembly would create a "Choose Life" license plate and fund free counseling meant to dissuade women from having abortions.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Lawmakers Consider "Choose Life" RI License Plate

In the final days of the legislative session lawmakers consider a state license plate that says "Choose Life."

A new license plate being considered by the General Assembly could be used to fund counseling services to discourage women from having an abortion.

The plate with the message “Choose Life” is being debated in the final two days of the legislative session this week.

Supporters say the same kind of license plate is available in Massachusetts and Connecticut. They say private groups have a legal right to raise money through license plates.

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Political Roundtable
12:15 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Binder Bows Out of Second Challenge to Fox

Author Mark Binder, who used 38 Studios as a cudgel against House Speaker Gordon Fox in a closely watched legislative race last year, has decided not to make another run at Fox.

Binder got an early start by announcing plans for a second challenge in May. Yet in a statement Monday morning, he says he's reconsidered.

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Politics
10:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

An Overview of Some of the Important Legisation Passed This Session

As the legislative session ends; a short look at the bill signed into law.
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The legislative session is drawing to a close. Before it ends; a look back at some of the key bills that have been passed.

Prospective employers will no longer be allowed to ask if an applicant has been convicted of a crime, under so called “ban the box” legislation approved by the General Assembly.  The legislation applies to employers with at least four employees. It allows them to ask about a person’s criminal past only in the interview process and beyond.

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The Bottom Line
5:53 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Bottom Line: Economic Development & the State Budget

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk URI professor Dr. Tony Wheeler, who directs the new URI Strategic Innovation MBS program in Providence.

They’re combing over the new state budget and what it does to boost the state’s economy. They also mull over whether Rhode Island should pay back the 38 Studios loan.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Political Roundtable: Taveras on 38 Studios Bonds, Immigration + his Political Future

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the legislative budget; paying back 38 Studios bonds; immigration legislation in Congress; and his political future.

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On Politics
1:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

It's Day Two and RI House Still Trying to Bang out a Budget

House Speaker Gordon Fox on the second day of trying to pass a state budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Rhode Island House resumed the budget debate Wednesday afternoon. It's the second day that followed an unusual defeat for House Speaker Gordon Fox which sent the state's spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 into uncertainty.

On Wednesday the House voted 67-4  on a bill that freezes tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge until February 1, 2014. The legislation also creates a commission to study how East Bay bridges are funded. And a provision in the House budget blocks any toll hikes for Newport's Pell Bridge.

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