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MEDICINAL USE: Lead grower Elizabeth Keyser explains growing medical marijuana plants with special lighting during a tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y., in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

Some Northeast states brace for battle over pot

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast – it had already passed in three of the...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY leaders said they were filing legislation Wednesday to address separation of power issued related to the licensing and regulation of compassion centers in Rhode Island. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ

GA leaders step up dispute with Raimondo over marijuana regulations

PROVIDENCE – Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello planned to file legislation on Wednesday challenging Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's...
DOWN TO BUSINESS: The House Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Human Services holds a meeting at the Statehouse in December to get an update on overspending at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Budget deficit, lottery contract, minimum wage among controversial issues facing General...

As Rhode Island lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, some of the most pressing questions they’re expected to face this...
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo

Strained relations among R.I. leaders ‘not personal’

In 2015, the state budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sailed through the Rhode Island legislative chambers in what many described as record...
COLLISION COURSE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo plans to again introduce a recreational marijuana proposal, in her fiscal 2021 budget plan, despite warnings from House and Senate leaders that they won’t consider it. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Marijuana debate will signal health of Rhode Island’s legislative process

The General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 7 with a host of potentially contentious issues to address, including a budget deficit, the state lottery contract...
R.I. HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Matiello wants House lawmakers to do a thorough review of Rhode Island Veterans Home, following reports of potential plans to claim a total of about $500,000 from the estates of veterans who lived at the home and died without a will. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Mattiello wants more legislative oversight at vets home

PROVIDENCE (AP) – The Rhode Island Veterans Home is proposing new ways to close a nearly $3 million deficit, prompting the state's House speaker...
SENATE PRESIDENT Dominick J. Ruggerio's bill allowing mobile sports betting at Twin River's two Rhode Island casinos was approved by the Senate on Wednesday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ruggerio opposed to legalizing adult recreational marijuana use

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s plan to again propose legalizing adult recreational marijuana use will run into an early roadblock in the Senate...
A RENDERING of a proposed soccer stadium and related developments around Pawtucket's waterfront. / COURTESY R.I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

$400M project selected for Pawtucket waterfront

PAWTUCKET – A $400 million development project that includes a soccer stadium is planned for the city's waterfront, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Mayor...
CHRISTIANSEN CAPITAL ADVISORS has been awarded a contract to review the proposed IGT lottery contract being reviewed by the R.I. General Assembly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

GA hires firm to review proposed IGT lottery contract

PROVIDENCE – Christiansen Capital Advisors LLC has been contracted by the R.I. House of Representatives to conduct an independent review of International Game Technology...

State to fund independent study of IGT/Twin River lottery contract proposals

PROVIDENCE – A request by House Republicans for an independent study on competing contract proposals for the R.I. Lottery by International Game Technology PLC...
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