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4:33 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. A 12-hour legislative committee meeting on the same night when the RI GOP invalidates a vote for chairman? Just another day in the Biggest Little. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee's 12-hour Same-Sex Marriage Hearing -- And What's Next

Senator Frank Ciccone, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Treasurer Gina Raimondo at the witness table.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

If hundreds of people offer heartfelt arguments over 12 hours to lawmakers whose minds are mostly made up on the controversial issue of same-sex marriage, does it make any difference?

"I don't know," says Senator Lou Raptakis (D-Coventry), one of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that held a marathon hearing on the subject from 5 pm Thursday to 5 am Friday.

Raptakis says 9 of 10 committee members stuck it out to the end.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Competing Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due for a Hearing

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon on two competing bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. One key area of debate is the extent of exceptions for clergy and small businesses in recognizing same-sex marriages.

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On Politics
11:20 am
Wed March 20, 2013

General Assembly Web Site Adds Streaming Video

The General Assembly Web site is adding live video streaming that will allow viewers to watch up to four committee meetings at the same time, as well as House and Senate sessions.

The content will be archived for viewing through the Web site, according to a news release:

Currently, Capitol TV airs a live House session and taped the Senate session to broadcast after. Without web-streaming, the channel could only broadcast one live committee meeting at a time.

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Environment
8:34 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Bill Would Allow State Landfill Use Glass as a Cover

A bill introduced in the state Senate allows the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to once again use recycled glass as part of its daily cover material atop the landfill. The original amendment banned construction and demolition materials, including glass, for use as daily cover material at the landfill.

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RI News
7:50 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee

State Capitol Dome and Independent Man
Credit RIPR file

Critics say a bill calling for a statewide referendum on same-sex marriage would expand discrimination in Rhode Island.

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On Politics
3:29 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Blow up the Superman Building?

Credit RIPR file photo

In the best of all possible worlds, Providence's iconic Superman Building would be revived as housing that would add downtown residents and reduce the amount of prime office space. Yet Providence Mayor Angel Taveras isn't ruling out the possibility that the structure might have to be leveled.

During an appearance last weekend on WJAR-TV's 10 News Conference, Taveras said:

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Politics
8:34 am
Tue March 19, 2013

EthicsHeldHostage.com Protests Recent General Assembly Vote

RI House of Representatives
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A good government group has created a web site to protest what it calls the unprecedented wiping out of a legislative vote.

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On Politics
3:51 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column, and a happy St. Patrick's Day weekend to all. Stay safe out there and don't let the green beer get you. As always, your thoughts and tips are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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Politics
9:41 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Senate to Consider Same-Sex Referendum Proposal

A bill calling for a statewide referendum to decide the fate of same-sex marriage legislation was filed Wednesday in the state Senate. Proposed legislation also offers exemptions for religious officials and small businesses that don’t want to be involved with same-sex weddings.

The bill sponsored by Providence Democrat Frank Ciccone has 10 other sponsors, eight of them Democrats.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a same-sex marriage bill in January. The Senate has slated a March 21st hearing.

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