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Treasurer Magaziner's Bill Expanding Support for Minor Witnesses of Homicide and Domestic Violence Now Law

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:45:00 GMT

A bill proposed by Treasurer Seth Magaziner, which expands the State's Crime Victim Compensation Program to include support for minors who witness homicides or domestic violence, has been signed into law today by Governor Gina Raimondo, during a ceremonial signing ceremony at the Rhode Island State

Treasurer Magaziner's "Transparent Treasury" Policy to Become Law

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:15:00 GMT

Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner today applauded the General Assembly's passage of legislation which will create a legal requirement to maintain the "Transparent Treasury" investment policy he implemented just months after taking office in 2015, which requires investment managers to publicly...

R.I. Department of Revenue releases June 2017 cash collections report

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:45:00 GMT

Providence, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue today released its FY 2017 Cash Collections Report for June 2017. The Cash Collections Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares current fiscal year cash collections by revenue item on a fiscal year-to-date and monthly basis to...

OM17-30 Apperson v. South Kingstown School Committee – violation found

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:15:00 GMT

The South Kingstown School Committee violated the OMA when the members engaged in a "rolling" or "walking" quorum, which occurs when a majority of the members of a public body attain a quorum through a series of one-on-one conversations or interactions. These discussions concerned not only whether

PR 17-46 APRA Watch v. City of Providence – No Violation

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:15:00 GMT

The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it responded to his APRA request with a six hour "estimate of the amount of time it will take to provide an estimate for the final search, retrieval, review and redaction[.]" We found that this response complied with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-

PR 17-45 Cote v. City of Warwick - No Violation

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:15:00 GMT

The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when its response to his request for "total sick days" used by City fire fighters failed to include information relating to injured on duty time. We noted that "it is the requester's responsibility to frame requests with sufficient...

RI State Police Museum Foundation to Vintage Cruiser Show Sunday Sept. 24

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 GMT

The Rhode Island State Police Museum Foundation will host its second annual Vintage Cruiser Show on Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, 311 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI. More than 40 vintage police cruisers and motorcycles from...

Secretary of State Gorbea Appoints Melissa Husband as Deputy Secretary of State/Director of Administration

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today appointed Melissa Husband as Deputy Secretary of State/Director of Administration. Husband steps into the position vacated by Melissa Long, recently confirmed as Superior Court Judge by the Rhode Island Senate. Husband joins the RI...

Lt. Governor McKee, Mayor Winthrop to Host Energy-Shopping Info Session in Newport

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:45:00 GMT

On Friday, September 22nd at 1:00 p.m., Lt. Governor Dan McKee will partner with Newport Mayor Henry Winthrop to host an Empower RI information session at the Newport Public Library to help ratepayers safely shop for alternate electricity suppliers and save on their electric bills. During the...

Raimondo Announces Initiative to Pay DACA Renewal Fees for Rhode Island DREAMers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:30:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that she and a coalition of individuals and organizations have secured more than $170,000 in commitments from donors to cover the $495 renewal fee for every DREAMer in Rhode Island who is eligible to apply for renewal of their Deferred...

AG Kilmartin Announces Multistate Investigations Seeking Documents from Opioid Manufacturers and Distributions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:15:00 GMT

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general seeks documents and information from manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids as part of multistate investigations into the nationwide opioid epidemic. This information will enable the...

AG Kilmartin and Director A.T. Wall Announce Settlement Agreement Between State of Rhode Island and U.S. Department of Justice over R.I. Department of Corrections Testing Process

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and A.T. Wall, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (DOC), today announced a settlement agreement between the State of Rhode Island and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ filed a lawsuit in 2014 against the State and DOC alleging...

RI State Police Identifies Victim in Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-95

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:15:00 GMT

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, said the victim of the fatal pedestrian crash on Interstate 95 has been identified as George West, age 42, of 114 Calverly St., Providence. Mr. West was struck by a vehicle

Attorney General Kilmartin Joins New SCOTUS Brief in Travel Ban Case

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 GMT

18 Attorneys General File Amicus Brief Opposing the Ban, Citing Harm to States' Residents, Institutions, and Economies Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, part of a coalition of 18 attorneys general, filed a new amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing President Trump's travel ban.

New Wave Of Caterpillars Defoliating Oak Trees

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:15:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reports that small concentrations of orangestriped oakworm caterpillars have begun defoliating trees in areas of western Rhode Island. The caterpillars feed on the foliage of all species of oak trees and have been detected...


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:45:00 GMT

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, said an investigation by the State Police and North Providence Police Department has led to the identification of a body found in an apartment building at 1245 Smith Street in...

RI State Police Is Investigating a Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Interstate 95 in Providence

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:00:00 GMT

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, said Troopers are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Providence earlier tonight. The crash occurred at...

Attorney General Kilmartin Calls Out So-Called "Justice Reinvestment Bills" as "Feel Good Legislation" that Accomplishes Little, Injures Victims, and Risks Public Safety

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:45:00 GMT

Calling the so-called package of "justice reinvestment" bills a result of a sham commission controlled by the Governor with a pre-determined outcome and whose members were never given an opportunity to vote on final package, Attorney General Kilmartin is warning legislators and the Governor that...

RIEMA urges Rhode Islanders to prepare for the effects of Hurricane Jose

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:45:00 GMT

CRANSTON, RI- The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) advises Rhode Islanders to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Jose. Rhode Island coastal communities are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning. Jose slowly continues to track closer to New England with the effects of the...

Rhode Island Continues Crackdown on Workplace Fraud

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:45:00 GMT

Actions against two companies that misclassified employees as independent contractors help secure nearly $1 million in back pay for 200 workers plus civil penalties of $1.3 million. CRANSTON, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) today announced the outcomes of two...