State House, Providence – Today, the House Republican Caucus released its “Minority Report” detailing their success in advocating for issues, policies, and initiatives on behalf of Rhode Island taxpayers during the 2019 Legislative Session. This 2019 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.
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.
House Republicans submit budget amendment to safeguard Auditor General investigative powers from abuse
Providence, RI – Today House Republicans submitted oversight provisions in response to new investigatory powers provided to the Auditor General in the FY20 budget.
Providence, RI – The Rhode Island House Republican Caucus celebrated a victory on behalf of the Rhode Island taxpayer, with the inclusion of a provision to place settlement monies obtained through the Rhode Island Attorney General in a restricted account -- with expenditures from those funds now subject to the annual appropriation process and approval by the General Assembly. The addition of a mandatory review of monies dispersed from this restricted account adds another level of protection for the Rhode Island taxpayer.
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