State House, Providence – Today, the House Republican Caucus releases its annual “Minority Report” detailing their successes in advocating for issues, policies, and initiatives on behalf of Rhode Island taxpayers during the 2023 Legislative Session. The 2023 Legislative Session Recap is published online and is a detailed listing of successfully sponsored, co-sponsored, or caucus inspired bills and initiatives, along with their outcomes.
2024 Legislation: Representative Rea Bill Sunsets RI’s Meal and Beverage Tax
State House, Providence – The impact inflation is having on full service meal prices, compounded with the state’s meal and beverage tax, may be a disincentive to patrons from dining out—this on top of the recent transportation hurdles Rhode Islanders are facing with the Washington Bridge closure. These circumstances are hurting businesses as well as local economies.
February 20, 2024
2024 Legislation: Representative Place’s Community Based Healthcare Act Seeks to Attract and Retain Healthcare Professionals in RI
State House, Providence – In an effort to help bolster timely access to medical professionals in Rhode Island, Representative David Place submitted the Community Based Healthcare Act (LC004849), with the goal of attracting federal funding and creating new programs designed to increase graduate medical education placements in our healthcare facilities.
February 20, 2024
Minority Leaders Call for Clarity from Governor McKee
STATE HOUSE, Providence, RI – In response to a public statement by Governor Daniel McKee alluding to the possible influx of illegal migrants who entered the country bypassing our immigration laws, House Minority Leader Michael Chippendale and Senate Minority Leader Jessica de la Cruz requested a meeting with the Governor in early January of 2024. The purpose of the meeting was to seek clarification on the Governor’s plan should a large group of migrants arrive at our doorstep and a definitive answer or repudiation as to Rhode Island’s status as a “sanctuary state.”
February 22, 2024
House Minority Caucus: Formal Condolences To The People Of Israel Derailed By Democratic Leadership
State House, Providence – During the first week of session since the horrific October 7 attacks by Hamas, a large bipartisan group of legislators presented a Resolution of Condolences for immediate consideration by House membership. This would normally have been a routine request, as the House frequently expresses condolences to victims of terror or other atrocities or events. Unfortunately, the Democratic leadership declined to follow customary procedure forcing the resolution to go to committee where there is no guarantee it will ever see the light of day. Resolution sponsor Rep. Brian C. Newberry and House Minority Leader Michael Chippendale commented:
Resolution | Signatures | Examples of Similar Resolutions
January 5, 2024
Leader Chippendale: House Oversight Committee
Leader Michael Chippendale's examination of RIDOT Director Alviti and VHB Engineering - Structural Engineering Director Jeffrey Klein in Monday's House Oversight Committee Hearing on the closure of the Washington Bridge.
"There are many inconsistencies in the documents we have received, leading to a lack of faith in that best practices have been employed."
During this exchange, it was verified that RIDOT and their inspectors frequently edit and cut and paste their reports.
February 13, 2024
Rep. Nardone: House Oversight Committee
Rep. George Nardone questions DOT Director Alviti in the House Oversight Hearing, asking for clarification on the process of bridge inspections by independent companies, which is required annually by the federal government. He also asks why, if we knew the shelf life of this bridge was aging out, we didn't have contingency plans.
Please note the interesting exchange where Alviti describes the rotating inspections by varying companies each year, which totally is inconsistent with the identical four year inspection reports referenced by Leader Michael Chippendale in his examination.
February 13, 2024