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THE R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY has passed a $10 billion budget for fiscal year 2020. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

R.I. General Assembly passes $10B FY2020 budget

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Senate voted to approve a $10 billion fiscal year 2020 state budget late Thursday evening in a 30-8 vote. The...

Opinion: Legislative inaction on wages hurts R.I. workers, businesses

Despite solid proposals to raise the state’s lowest wage, Rhode Island’s state budget looks set to take effect without even a modest increase. Gov....
PILING ON: Proposed legislation could add significantly to municipal debt, which three years ago stood at $5.6 billion and has only gone up since then.

Proposed firefighter overtime rules should be a nonstarter

Rhode Island ranks as the highest-spending state in the nation in terms of fire protection, according to the most recent Rhode Island Public Expenditure...
NEWLY ELECTED R.I. House of Representatives legislators attended an orientation visit Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

House leaders welcome freshmen legislators in orientation

PROVIDENCE – Dispensing a combination of practical advice and legislative philosophy, House employees and elected leaders welcomed freshmen representatives to the Statehouse Thursday in...
The House Finance committee is expected to review Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark legislation Tuesday./PAWTUCKET REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

House committee reviews PawSox ballpark, no vote taken

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House Finance Committee took up the Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark bill Tuesday night, following late-session revisions that have sought to...

Bill would expand EFSB, make power-plant approvals tougher

PROVIDENCE – The House on May 16 passed a bill that would make it more difficult for future power plants to get approved by...

License plate recognition technology can be force multiplier for police

With the R.I. House of Representatives voting to approve a bill proposing a network of cameras on Rhode Island highways to automatically fine out-of-state...
THE SMALL CELL Siting Act, passed in the R.I. House of Representatives on June 20, would allow wireless service providers to install equipment on public infrastructure to establish a high-speed 5G network in the state. /COURTESY BLOOMBERG/SIMON DAWSON

House passes bill to make R.I. among first 5G adopters

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House of Representatives passed legislation on June 20 that would pave the way for Rhode Island to be among the...
THE R.I. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES debated the fiscal 2017 budget until late in the evening. It wasn't approved until early in the morning the following day. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

R.I. House poised for vote on $9.2B budget for fiscal 2018

PROVIDENCE – Unlike year's past, Rhode Island lawmakers say budget deliberations on Thursday will not go too long, regardless of a vote.The R.I. House...
REP. DEBORAH L. RUGGIERO, above sponsored House approved legislation that would allow municipalities to negotiate energy contracts with utility companies on behalf of the entire city or town. / COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

House approves legislation to allow municipalities to negotiate electrical contracts

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House of Representatives last week approved legislation that would allow entire municipalities – including its residents and businesses – to...
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