State House, Providence, RI – The E-911 Commission will have two new commissioners if the Senate passes the companion bill to the unanimously supported House bill. Sponsored by Republican Representative John W. Lyle, Jr., the minority leader of the House (or their designee) and the minority leader of the Senate (or their designee) will be added to this advisory board. The E-911 advisory commission was created to provide insights and recommendations to the director of the emergency telephone system division. Properly funding E-911 operations has been a focus of House Republicans for some time.
State House, Providence, RI – A Rhode Island House bill, sponsored by Republican Deputy Minority Whip Sherry Roberts, mandates funeral directors to file written notification of the name, date of birth and address of the deceased in their care to the Rhode Island Secretary of State and to the decedent’s local Board of Canvassers. The amended bill passed unanimously on the House floor and is now headed to the Senate for final approval. The legislation, which systemizes an effort to maintain accurate rolls of registered voters in Rhode Island, is co-sponsored by Deputy Minority Leader Robert Quattrocchi, Representative George Nardone, Senior Deputy Minority Leader Justin Price and Minority Whip Michael Chippendale.
The Road to Freedom: Rhode Island’s Gold Star Families have a stretch of highway dedicated in their honor
State House, Providence, RI - Rhode Island Gold Star Families were honored by the 2019 Rhode Island General Assembly, in the honorary naming a stretch of Route 102, known as Chopmist Hill Road, as The Gold Star Family Highway. This tribute was voted unanimously into law during Tuesday’s House Session after receiving unanimous support from the Senate. The bill was sponsored by Minority Whip Michael Chippendale, Representative David Place and Senator Jessica de la Cruz.
House Republicans will submit a budget amendment to provide local control for marijuana growth and cultivation throughout RI
Providence, RI – In an effort to provide local cities and towns with the authority to control the location of commercial marijuana grow facilities, Senior Deputy House Minority Leader Justin Price is submitting an amendment to the FY20 budget to affirm the municipal right to restrict commercial growth operations in residential areas. It also redefines plant agriculture in state law. This amendment will ensure that cities and towns throughout the state are compliant with state law when localities seek to control the placement of these growth and dispensary operations. The legislation was inspired by recent marijuana commercial applications and court cases where local zoning board decisions on medical marijuana grow operations were stymied or overturned due to misinterpretations of the law.
Providence, RI – After reading the Rhode Island Child Advocate’s scathing report detailing missteps by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families -- alleging the department’s responsibility in the death of a 9-year-old special needs child in their care; and after hearing heart wrenching testimony by community advocates during last week’s House Oversight Committee Hearing, the House Republican Caucus is submitting the following amendments to the FY20 budget.
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