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As residents continue to deal with the aftermath of last week’s destructive storms, lawmakers are hoping to help those most affected.

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House lawmakers are slated to begin voting Tuesday on the budget for the fiscal year starting July first.

The House budget vote usually starts in the late afternoon and concludes in the hours before dawn. This time, in a break from past practice, House leaders say they’ll pause around midnight and resume the next day if more time is needed.

Voters in Narragansett and South Kingstown will elect a new state representative Tuesday in House District 33. Four candidates are running to succeed former Representative Donald Lally, who left the House earlier this session.

The candidates are Republican Robert Trager; Democrat Carol Hagan McEntee; and independents Elizabeth Candas and Jamie McKnight. Before his departure, Lally was the second-longest serving  rep in the House.

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New legislation aimed at increasing access to experimental medical treatments was introduced Wednesday at the Statehouse.  It could broaden access to drugs not yet approved by the FDA.

There is already a process for patients with terminal illness to try out drugs that are still in testing… But Democratic Representative Joseph McNamara wants to make it easier.   He said all the red tape doctors and patients have to cut through takes too long for people who are critically ill. 


A new bill introduced at the general assembly could ban the use of plastic bags across the state.  It’s the latest attempt to ban plastic bags in the last several years.

The bill would gradually phase out the use of plastic bags over the course of two years at retail stores such as grocery, and convenience stores.  Over the past three years similar bills have some received public support, but failed in the General Assembly.  


The House and Senate passed scores of bills Wednesday as the General Assembly raced to finish its session. The measures moving forward include the repeal of the master lever.

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An incredible five days at the Rhode Island Statehouse have seen the resignation of Gordon Fox as House Speaker, and Cranston Representative Nicholas Mattiello replace him.  It is expected that many key positions in the House will be changing as well. 

Political Analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss what all the changes mean for the legislative session.

UPDATE: Skenyon began working in Mattiello's office today, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.

With rumors dancing through the Statehouse corridors of power, new House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has yet to reveal his leadership team. Which isn’t unusual, considering he wasn’t formally elected speaker until about an hour ago.