Cicilline Fighting for New Federal Funding to Address Opiate Crisis

WASHINGTON - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who serves on the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, is leading the effort in Congress to expand the use of Naloxone by law enforcement agencies. "In 2015, nearly two-thirds of drug overdose deaths -or 33,091 of 52,404 deaths-involved prescription and synthetic opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin, heroin and fentanyl," Cicilline wrote in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. "Equipping those who are likely to witness an overdose with Naloxone is critical to help saving lives, and, law enforcement officers are often one of the first people…
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RI State Police Conduct Mock Truck Inspection for 100+ Contractors

PROVIDENCE, RI – Troopers from the Rhode Island State Police Commercial Enforcement Unit earlier today conducted a mock truck inspection for about 100 landscape contractors from throughout New England to help promote compliance with motor vehicle laws and safety regulations. Troopers Bergeron and Pasley conducted the inspection during the Northeast Hardscape Exhibition at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Using one of the landscaper’s trucks, they showed the group what state police look for during truck inspections -- including the condition of the vehicle, the security of its load, required documents and other issues needed to comply with state and federal…
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State police charge woonsocket man in fatal crash attributed to road rage on Interstate 295 in johnston

SCITUATE, RI - Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that members of the Rhode Island State Police Scituate Barracks and members of the Major Crimes Unit arrested a Woonsocket man in connection with a fatal car crash that occurred on Interstate 295 north in Johnston on March 30, 2017 that was attributed to an alleged act of road rage. On April 5, 2017, Mitchell Savard, 41, of 398 Park Ave. Apt. 1, Woonsocket, was arrested at his home on a warrant charging him with: * Driving…
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Bill Lynch, Special Advisor to the RI Democratic Party responded to the Republican Party’s most recent “Alternative Facts Attack” against RI Governor Gina Raimondo

"Here we go again" said Lynch, referring to the most recent Republican effort to mislead people. "Creating facts, intentionally misleading people and ignoring the truth may have worked for the Trump campaign, but Rhode Islanders are smarter than that" said Lynch. "After suffering through decades of Republican and Republican-lite governors in RI, Governor Raimondo is actually succeeding in rebuilding Rhode Island's economy, putting Rhode Islanders back to work and building a strong foundation for the future of ALL Rhode Islanders. We've made incredible progress in just two years under Governor Raimondo's leadership and while there's work left to do, our…
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Reed Statement on Demotion of Steve Bannon from Permanent National Security Council Post

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the demotion of Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief political strategist, from the National Security Council's principal's committee: "Steve Bannon had no business being on the National Security Council to begin with. It is a positive step that the Trump Administration reversed its mistake and removed him from the permanent council. However, in classic Trump Administration style, it seems there is confusion over whether he will still participate in future NSC meetings. "At a time when Syria's civil…
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Reed to Pay Tribute to World War II Honor Flight Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to recognize and honor the men and women who valiantly served our country during World War II, Senator Jack Reed will welcome 24 Rhode Island World War II veterans to our nation's capital tomorrow, Saturday, April 1 at 10:45 , and thank them for their service and sacrifice. The group will travel from Rhode Island to Washington, DC on a trip sponsored by the Honor Flight Network and the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs, who seek to honor the sacrifices of our veterans by transporting them free of charge to our nation's capital…
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Treasurer Magaziner Announces Plan to Strengthen Municipal Pension Systems

PROVIDENCE, - Continuing his commitment to bring a steady hand to public finances throughout the state, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced the "Healthy Local Pensions (HELP)" proposal, which will help cities and towns with locally administered pension systems improve performance and reduce costs through the state's Municipal Employees' Retirement System (MERS). "Too many locally-managed municipal pension plans are struggling, costing cities and towns millions of dollars and threatening the retirement security of hard-working municipal employees," said Treasurer Magaziner. "This proposal provides a new tool for municipalities to get their pension plans back on track." More than 75…
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Raimondo Warns Against the Impact of TrumpCare

Governor reaffirms commitment to high-quality, affordable health coverage in RI PROVIDENCE, RI - After outlining how the healthcare proposal released earlier this month by congressional Republicans would leave behind the elderly, low-income Rhode Islanders and families throughout the state, Governor Gina M. Raimondo reiterated her pledge today to work to ensure access to high-quality, affordable health coverage for all Rhode Islanders. "TrumpCare would mean less coverage, fewer protections, and higher costs for all Rhode Islanders, and worse yet, some of the most vulnerable communities in our state would be hurt the most," said Governor Raimondo. "Every day when I am…
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Governor Gina M. Raimondo Testimony before the House Finance Committee RI Promise Scholarship Initiative

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo testified today before the House Finance Committee in support of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship initiative which would guarantee every Rhode Island student with an opportunity to attend two years of college tuition-free. Her testimony to the committee, as prepared for delivery, is below: Thank you Chairman Abney and members of the community. Thank you for partnership and collaboration. Working together, we've been able to get a lot done for Rhode Islanders. We've put Rhode Island on stronger ground, so much so that last week we announced unemployment rate was below national average. That's…
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Reed Statement on CBO Report Showing Trumpcare Would Lead to 24 Million Losing Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report detailing cost and coverage estimates for House Republicans' health care repeal bill, including the fact that as many as 24 million Americans could lose their health insurance under Trumpcare: "This CBO report offers further evidence that Trumpcare is the wrong prescription for America's health care system and would result in millions more Americans being uninsured. "This is even worse than most Republicans worried, and I hope it will cause thoughtful members of Congress on both sides of the…
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