Teresa Paiva Weed

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The state Ethics Commission has advised the former president of the state Senate to not lobby the General Assembly for one year.

Teresa Paiva Weed left the Senate in March to become head of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

The Ethics Commission told Paiva Weed it's permissible for her to lobby the executive and judicial branches of state government.

The American Health Care Act narrowly passed in the U.S. House Thursday. The bill had received only one vote more than the 216 required to move on to the Senate. The bill repeals most of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Rhode Island was able to insure more than 100,000 residents through Medicaid expansion.

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Three Democrats have announced campaigns for the state Senate being vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signature plan for free tuition at Rhode Island public colleges has generated opposition.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says she may have to make some changes to deal with the new statehouse landscape. 

Just another quiet week in Rhode Island politics, right? Lots to chew on here, so thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, the longest serving member of the Senate, won election Thursday as the new president of the chamber, succeeding Teresa Paiva Weed.

As first reported Tuesday by RI Public Radio, Ruggerio was poised to move quickly into the top position in the Senate, joined by Senate Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey as Warwick as the new majority leader.

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During an emotional farewell, state Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport announced Wednesday she's leaving the General Assembly after 24 years to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI).

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Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio is expected to quickly succeed Teresa Paiva Weed as president of the state Senate, with Paiva Weed heading off to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, RIPR has learned.

The Patriots won a Super Bowl for the ages, the Red Sox are starting to stir in Florida, and the political beat continues to run hot here in the Ocean State. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed offered sharply contrasting views Wednesday on the merits of Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to give Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at CCRI, RIC, or URI.

Probation And Parole Reform Clear RI Senate

Feb 3, 2017
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On Thursday the Rhode Island Senate unanimously passed seven bills that seek a major overhaul of Rhode Island’s probation and parole system. The bills, packaged together and dubbed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, address the excessive use of probation in the criminal justice system, particularly among black men and the mentally ill.

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One day after the start of Rhode Island's new General Assembly session, a group of lawmakers, religious leaders and advocates for the poor planned to demonstrate at the Statehouse. The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty organizes the annual event to encourage lawmakers to take up issues affecting low-income Rhode Islanders.

Though largely ceremonial, the event is usually attended by high-ranking lawmakers, including the Governor.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello doubled down Tuesday on his pledge to begin a phaseout in 2017 of the state's unpopular car tax. 

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Twelve new state reps and four new senators will be sworn in when the General Assembly begins its new session Tuesday. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed are expected to be formally re-elected to their leadership positions.

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