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Lining up for next windfall

In November 1998, Rhode Island was part of a historic settlement with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking...

GA passes bill to streamline regulations for blockchain financial applications

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has recently approved legislation that would clarify and streamline regulations for financial transactions using blockchain technology.The bill had not...

Financial-exploitation protections for seniors, disabled approved by GA

PROVIDENCE – Certain individuals would be required to report cases of suspected financial exploitation of people age 60 or older and of younger people...
State Sen. William J. Conley Jr., D-East Providence, left, and state Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr., D-Warwick, introduced legislation as part of the fiscal 2020 budget that created a small business loan and tax credit program that is designed to help small businesses gain access to capital they could not get previously. The legislation was passed as part of the budget. / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Is the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund approved by the...

At the last minute of its 2019 session, the General Assembly created the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund to encourage private investment in...

GA failure on energy costs us all

The recently ended legislative session let die two bills passed by the Senate, ones that on their face would seem to make strange bedfellows...

GA passes law allowing workers to bid for biz following mass...

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has approved legislation to notify workers of their opportunity to organize a cooperative and make a bid to buy...

Five Questions With: Frank S. Lombardi

Newly approved legislation by the General Assembly will allow homeowners in Rhode Island to create attached accessory apartments for family members, which can now...
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY passed a bill that alters the Hospital Conversions Act to extend review of hospital acquisitions. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

General Assembly passes changes to strengthen Hospital Conversion Act

PROVIDENCE – A bill passed by the General Assembly over the weekend amends the Hospital Conversions Act to increase oversight time for hospital conversions...
IN THE DARK: General Assembly leaders Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, the speaker of the House, and Dominick J. Ruggerio, Senate president, have left the budget for the next fiscal year until the last minute, a tradition that does not serve the state well.
 / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Yet again, a broken budget process leaves public in the dark

It’s no surprise that the budget for the next fiscal year is being voted on by the General Assembly at the last second. That...
A BULLY PULPIT? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has taken an active role in trying to get Lifespan and Care New England to complete a merger they have tried twice before, spending political capital that she has seemed reluctant to do in the past.
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DAVE HANSEN

A more muscular Raimondo is a good thing for Rhode Island

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has stepped in and told Rhode Island’s two health care systems – Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System...
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