Rhode Island Statehouse

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12:37 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Statehouse Christmas tree lighting scheduled for Dec. 3

If anyone still cares about the Holiday/Christmas tree Statehouse kerfuffle, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced today that this year’s rotunda evergreen will be called a`` Christmas tree’’ and that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis will light it on Wednesday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

The 15-foor Fraser Fir evergreen was donated to the state by Sarah Partyka of the Farmer’s Daughter farm in South Kingstown.

``I am happy to be part of such a wonderful holiday tradition, lighting the State House Christmas tree,’’ said Mollis in a statement.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: The Major Battles At The State Legislature

In addition to the race for governor, Rhode Islanders will elect, or re-elect their state legislators on November 4th.
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Besides the competitive state elections and ballot questions, voters next week will elect every member of the Rhode Island General Assembly. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay speaks with morning host Elisabeth Harrison for a look at the major battles in the state legislature.

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General Assembly
9:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House

Major changes are expected to come to the House of Representatives, following the resignation of former Speaker Gordon Fox.
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The Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to cap a dramatic sequence of events unfolding over the last few days by electing a new speaker Tuesday. The change was set in motion last Friday when state and federal authorities raided House Speaker Gordon Fox’s East Side home and Statehouse office. Fox resigned from his leadership position the next day, saying he doesn’t plan to seek re-election to his state rep seat in November.

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Economy
9:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Interfaith Vigil At The Statehouse Calls For Lawmakers To Address RI Poverty

Governor Lincoln Chafee at the interfaith vigil on poverty at the Statehouse.
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A coalition of Rhode Island religious leaders is calling on lawmakers to put poverty at the top of their agenda this year.  The plea was issued at a Statehouse rally Wednesday.

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Governor's Race
8:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block Files Complaint Against State Properties Committee

Ken Block addresses crowd at the Statehouse rotunda.
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has filed a complaint, accusing the state agency that manages state-owned properties with multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act.  The candidate is also calling on the General Assembly to strengthen the law and enhance the penalties for violating it.

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RI History
8:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Statue Of Revolutionary Thomas Dorr Unveiled At The Statehouse

Statue of Thomas Dorr, at Statehouse unveiling.
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State officials unveiled a lifelike statue Tuesday of one of the most important figures in Rhode Island history.

The statue of Thomas Dorr was celebrated during an afternoon ceremony outside the Senate chamber at the Statehouse.

State historian Patrick Conley calls Dorr the second most significant figure, after Roger Williams, in Rhode Island history.

Dorr led a rebellion in the early 1840s that led to expanded voting rights. Before the so-called Dorr Rebellion, only property owners were able to vote.

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Finance
9:11 am
Wed December 18, 2013

House Finance Committee Will Meet To Look At Reining In Spending

The house finance committee meets to look at ways to rein in state spending.
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The House Finance Committee will meet this afternoon to review attempts to rein in spending in different state agencies.

Spending above budgeted amounts has been an issue in some different state departments in recent years. The agencies in question include the state Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.

The heads of those two departments have in the past attributed the higher than expected spending to overtime and other unpredictable expenses.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Same-sex marriage bill moves to full RI House

House Judiciary Committee Chair Edith Ajello confers with staff before the vote
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A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the legislation, paving the way for a full House vote later this week.

The crowd assembled for the same sex marriage vote erupted in applause and cheers when the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass the bill on to the full House.  The panel had heard hours of testimony. By the time it came to vote, only Committee chair Edith Ajello had anything left to say.

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