R.I. House Judiciary Committee passes bill for state name change on ballot

PROMINENT DISPLAY: The words "Providence Plantations" appear in the state seal inlaid on the floor of the Rhode Island Statehouse rotunda. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary voted unanimously on Tuesday for a bill that would put a question on November's ballot asking voters whether to remove "and Providence Plantations" from the state's official name. "It represents a dark time in history," said Rep. Anastasia P. Williams, D-Providence, who sponsored the bill…

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