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8:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Proposal to Give Those Who've Gone Straight a Clean Slate

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed expansion in the expungement of criminal records in Rhode Island. Supporters call expungement a way for former offenders to overcome past mistakes.

Deacon Jay Parker was one of the people to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Parker says criminal charges from more than 20 years ago have been an obstacle when he’s applied for jobs.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

New State Board of Education to Hold its First Meeting Next Monday

The merged state board that will oversee K through 12 and higher education is set to hold its first meeting at 5 pm next Monday, March 11, at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island.

The combined board is expected to take us issues lingering since the dissolution of two separate state education boards last December. The state Senate has already confirmed 4 of 11 members for the merged board; the remaining seven are due to be confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

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Morning News Podcast
9:44 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Congressman David Cicilline predicts that public outrage about the impact of across the board spending cuts will eventually lead to a new budget agreement.  Early voting could come to RI if a proposed bill is passed by the General Assembly.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.

9:04 am
Mon March 4, 2013

RI May Step Back from Voter ID Law

East Providence Polling Place in 2012
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A controversial Voter ID bill that became law in 2011 could face changes at the General Assembly, including possible repeal. The passage of the law by a Democratic-controlled legislature attracted national attention.

Supporters of Voter ID call it a way to protect the integrity of voting. But critics say requiring voters to prove their identity reduces turnout by minorities and other groups that usually support Democrats.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Sen. Miller Health Reform Bill Tackles Costs, Transparency

Rhode Island Sen. Josh Miller has introduced a wide-ranging health care reform bill he hopes will give consumers more information about the costs and quality of the care they receive.

Miller’s bill tries to tackle several major health care reform goals the state has been moving towards in one package. It includes strategies to rein in health care costs and boost consumer access to information about those costs.

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On Politics
3:52 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

TGIF: 10 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome to March, the run-up to spring, and another edition of my Friday column. Your thoughts and tips are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in:

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On Politics
2:32 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Controversial Voter ID law Facing Changes -- and Maybe Repeal

Rhode Island's controversial Voter ID law -- which attracted a a lot of attention after it passed in 2011 -- could be headed for changes, including repeal.

A bill sponsored by Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence)  to repeal the law is set to be discussed during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing later today.

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8:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

General Assembly Back in Session

RI State House of Representatives
Credit RIPR file

After a one-week winter break, the General Assembly gets back to work Tuesday.

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On Politics
2:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Central Falls Moves Forward on Ethics; Senate Compromise on Ethics Commission Remains Elusive

Diossa pledged as a candidate to bolster ethics in Central Falls.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The tiny city of Central Falls  is moving ahead Thursday evening with what is considered one of the toughest ethics reforms for a small municipality in the country,  even as efforts to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly continue to languish.

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On Politics
4:42 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. (Sorry to miss you last week; there was a little snow, as you might have heard.) Your thoughts and email are welcome, as always, at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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