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Stories with organization: Rhode Island State General Assembly
  • House panel hears bill on pay day loan curbs 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:31 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The House Finance Committee has heard testimony on a bill that would prohibit "pay day" lenders from charging as much as 260 percent interest on the loans.

  • Rhode Island Senate panel mulls gun-related bills 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:28 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Rhode Island Senate committee took up gun legislation Tuesday, including a bill aimed at preventing people with severe mental illness from buying weapons and a proposal to ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons.

  • Bill would create Rhode Island sales tax holidays 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:35 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A bill that would create two sales-tax holidays a year in Rhode Island is being heard by House lawmakers.

  • Senate to honor 3 Providence basketball greats 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:24 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Three basketball legends who played at Providence College are being honored by the Rhode Island Senate.

  • House approves hiking sex trafficking penalties 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 5:22 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island House has approved legislation that increases penalties for the sex trafficking of a minor.

  • Bill would allow otter hunting in Rhode Island 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 11:46 am
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Otter hunting and trapping would be allowed in Rhode Island under proposed legislation that would overturn a decades-long ban.

  • RI Ssenate approves special Bruins license plate 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 11:07 am
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that would create a special Boston Bruins license plate.

  • Senate panel considers bill to end 'master lever' 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 7:35 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Senate legislative panel considered a bill Tuesday that would eliminate straight-ticket voting in Rhode Island, one of more than a dozen states that give voters the option of picking all the candidates of one party with a single ballot mark.

  • Lawmakers pushing reduced Rhode Island sales tax 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:58 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Two Rhode Island lawmakers launched a push Tuesday to lower the state's 7 percent sales tax, saying it would help spur the economy.

  • Sakonnet Bridge toll hike delay bill becomes law 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:37 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Legislation that pushes back the date at which Rhode Island's bridge authority can hike the 10-cent Sakonnet Bridge toll has become law without the governor's signature.

  • Climate change bill lays out Rhode Island response 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:34 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island faces a serious threat from climate change but should consider it an opportunity to become a national leader on this front, the head of a legislative panel on the environment said Thursday.

  • Rhode Island bill would ban plastic checkout bags 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:52 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Senate panel heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that, if enacted, would make Rhode Island the first state to ban the use of plastic checkout bags by grocery stores and other retailers.

  • Prospects appear dim for Rhode Island gun measures 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 2:45 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A renewed push to ban semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines in Rhode Island is facing difficult political hurdles in the General Assembly - the same obstacles that derailed the legislation last year.

  • Freshman tapped to head municipal government panel 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 4:26 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A freshman Democrat who served previously as an assistant Rhode Island attorney general has been named chairman of the House Municipal Government Committee.

  • House majority leader elected Rhode Island speaker 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 10:28 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island's House majority leader has been elected speaker in a lopsided vote days after the abrupt resignation of one of the state government's most powerful figures.

  • Top RI lawmaker: Hike texting-while-driving fines 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 11:04 am
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The top lawmaker in the Rhode Island Senate is calling for increased fines for motorists caught texting while driving.

  • Lawmaker confident in bid for Rhode Island speaker 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 3:17 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - In the scramble to fill a statehouse leadership vacuum after the surprise resignation of Rhode Island's House speaker, the chamber's majority leader claimed to have even more support Monday to win the job, a day ahead of an expected vote, and spoke of changes he'd consider if elected.

  • House, Senate endorse Sakonnet toll hike delay 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 5:21 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - House and Senate lawmakers have voted to push back the date on which Rhode Island's bridge authority can hike the 10-cent Sakonnet Bridge toll.