Monday, June 17, 2013
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/.
Assembly OKs creation of task force to foster, promote arts, culture The General Assembly has approved a joint resolution to create a “State of the Arts” Planning Task Force to foster and promote the arts and culture in Rhode Island. The task force would be called on to develop a comprehensive strategic plan and to identify specific action steps that can be taken to attract, retain, support, expand and market the arts and associated creative industries. The legislation was introduced by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) and House Speaker Gordon D. Fox (D-Providence). Click here to see news release. Senate passes key economic development legislation The Senate has passed several pieces of legislation from the “…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the Rhode Island General Assembly this week.
Monday, February 25
Shekarchi bill seeks to rein in EDC authority Legislation introduced by Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) would prohibit the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation from guaranteeing any loans and obligations. The bill (2013-H 5463) would not affect the EDC’s ability to make contracts or loans, but would prohibit the agency from pledging the “faith and credit of the state” for any of those loans or obligations. Click here to see news release. Bill will prohibit property owners from requiring tenants to debark pets Calling the surgical procedures inhumane and potentially dangerous to pets, Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) has introduced legislation (2013-S 0177) to …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Supporters say the bill is to inform; opponents say it is to shame. Where do you stand?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Women would be legally required to have an ultrasound before having an abortion under a bill pending in the General Assembly, the Providence Journal reports. Doctors would be required to conduct an ultrasound and explain the images to a pregnant woman — including the dimensions of the fetus and any "external members and internal organs if present and viewable" — before performing an abortion, according to a bill filed by Rep. Karen L. MacBeth, D-Cumberland. MacBeth said the proposal is intended to ensure women have access to all the information before finalizing their decision. But opponents of bill, including Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, say the law is meant to "shame" women to discourage abortion. So what do you think? …
Monday, January 23, 2012
The former House Minority leader was arrested Saturday for marijuana possession, his second arrest in less than a year.
State Rep. Bob Watson was arrested Saturday in South Kingstown for possession of marijuana, his second such arrest in less than a year. Watson, a republican from East Greenwich, "appeared highly intoxicated" and was slurring his words, according to a police report, when officers encountered him just before midnight at Washington County Veterinary Hospital in South Kingstown. The representative had apparenly collided with a snow bank, and his car was missing its front, driver's side tire. Officers saw a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana in his car, according to the report, and also allegedly found a plastic bag containing the substance. In April 2011, Watson was charged in New Haven, CT, with possession and driving under the influence…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The retired police officer and lawmaker who represents Providence and Johnston is facing sexual assault charges.
State Rep. John M. Carnevale (D-Providence, Johnston) pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree sexual assault and one count of assault with the intent to commit sexual assault Wednesday. He was released on $50,000 bail. Carnevale, 50, a retired Providence police sergeant, is accused of making sexual advances toward a Johnston woman in her home and attempting to have sex with her on July 28. When she resisted, Carnevale allegedly masturbated in front of the victim, before throwing a $20 bill at her, according to reports from the the Johnston Police Department. According to the report, the victim went to police headquarters on Aug. 1 to report the incident. Carnevale was indicted on Oct. 28 and arraigned Wednesday. He was reeleased on …