House Minority Whip Blake Filippi to Present Three Constitutional Reforms to House Judiciary Committee

STATE HOUSE - Today, April 11, 2017, House Minority Whip Blake Filippi (R-District 36, Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly) will present three resolutions to the House Judiciary Committee to amend the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The bills include H-5401, H-5541, and H-5513. House bill 5401 proposes a Constitutional amendment, which would empower the People of Rhode Island to take the government to court over unlawful spending. "Unfortunately, Rhode Island and federal case law generally prohibit the People from contesting the legality of government spending," said Filippi. "Hard-working Rhode Island families dutifully pay…
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House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan to Submit Legislation to Repeal Truck Tolls in Rhode Island

STATE HOUSE -- On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26 Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) will submit legislation to repeal the Rhode Works toll law. Rep. Morgan's bill would repeal the provisions of the general laws which created the "Rhode Island Bridge Replacement, Reconstruction, and Maintenance Fund Act of 2016", also known as "Rhode Works", which will impose tolls on large commercial trucks. "The Rhode Works bill is irresponsible and should never have passed last year. It is a $45 million albatross around the necks of Rhode Island consumers. It will add to our already high…
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Mayor Elorza to Announce Celebrate Broad Street Initiative Highlighting Substantial Broad Street Corridor Investments

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza will join elected officials, staff from the city's Planning and Development Department, Department of Public Works, and Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, as well as community and business leaders to announce an array of exciting projects, investments and initiatives along Broad Street that aim to revitalize and enhance neighborhoods along the corridor. This announcement follows community outreach efforts spearheaded by the city to help create a comprehensive plan that reflects the community's vision and priorities.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Kokosh Cake Recalled Because of Undeclared Allergen

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Orthodox Baking is recalling its 16-ounce packages of Oberlander Gluten Free Brand Chocolate Kokosh Cake because they contain undeclared almond paste. People who have allergies to almonds run the risk of serious allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recalled product was distributed in Rhode Island. RIDOH is working with retailers to ensure that it is pulled from shelves. The product comes in a 16-ounce, clear plastic package with a wraparound label. It is marked with a “last date sale” of April 30th printed on the back of…
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Langevin Presents a Purple Heart to Widow of World War II Veteran

WARWICK, Congressman Jim Langevin presented Cranston resident Mrs. Carol Liebrich, the widow of World War II veteran Robert Liebrich, with a Purple Heart with a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, signifying the second Purple Heart he has received. When he was just 18-years-old, Private First Class (PFC) Liebrich was shot in the abdomen by enemy fire in events leading up to the Battle of the Bulge, which began in December 1944 and was the last major German offensive campaign of the war. He earned his first Purple Heart from this injury. After a quick recovery, PFC Liebrich returned to his unit,…
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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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