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.
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.