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REP. BLAKE A. FILIPPI, R-New Shoreham, will not seek re-election this November after eight years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. House Minority Leader Filippi won’t seek reelection

PROVIDENCE – The top Republican in the R.I. House of Representatives will not seek reelection this November. Rep. Blake A. Filippi, R-New Shoreham, who has...

Legislative proposal stirs up shoreline dispute

A special legislative commission recently reached a consensus on a potential solution to a decadeslong conflict over shoreline access in Rhode Island, but a...

ARPA funding, education and employer needs among priorities at legislative forum

PROVIDENCE – Universal preschool, meeting business and workforce needs, and how Rhode Island should respond to other pandemic and climate change challenges were highlighted...

McKee calls $3K vaccine bonus ‘a misstep,’ now says it is...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday said a $3,000 bonus tied to a new contract for state workers that has been criticized...

Legislators question McKee’s plan to fund $3K state worker bonuses with...

PROVIDENCE – The question of how to fund a $3,000 bonus for state union workers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 is at the center...

Do you support a proposed bonus program for state workers that...

On Nov. 18 Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s administration and AFSCME Council 94 reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that includes two $1,500...
R.I. STATE REP. Carlos E. Tobon, D-Pawtucket, is co-chair of the House ARPA Task Force, which will have a say in how the state spends its $1.1 billion slice of the American Rescue Plan Act funding. PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

House ARPA chairman: ‘Surgical’ approach needed in spending $1.1B

Billions of federal dollars have been bestowed upon Rhode Island through COVID-19 relief funding, but a large portion of the money sits unused as...

R.I.’s COVID-19 state of emergency extended through Aug. 6

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island could continue to be under a state of emergency for at least another month. Gov. Daniel J. McKee signed a new...
THE R.I. SENATE approved legislation Tuesday that would pave the way for the state's 20-year lottery agreement with International Game Technology PLC and Bally's Corp. / PBN PHOTO BY CASSIUS SHUMAN

GA approves 20-year IGT/Bally’s lottery agreement

PROVIDENCE – The Senate on Tuesday voted, 28-5, to approve the IGT/Bally's Corp. agreement for a 20-year deal to run state-sponsored gambling services. Passage of...
JACKS OF ALL TRADES: Because Rhode Island’s General Assembly serves part time, the 75 representatives and 38 senators make their living in a variety of other ways, including as lawyers, teachers, bankers, public employees and health care workers. Fifteen are retirees. The “other” category includes two stay-at-home parents, two farmers, a carpenter, a landscaper, a law student and a Ph.D. student. Four citizen legislators are featured on Pages 14 and 15. / SOURCE: R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIALS  /  ILLUSTRATION: PBN/ANNE EWING

DOUBLE DUTY: Should R.I.’s citizen legislature become a full-time body?

Every year, Rhode Island’s 113-member citizen legislature has plenty to pack into a six-month session. This year has been no different. Major issues debated include...

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