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THE R.I. STATEHOUSE will reopen to the public and employees on a limited basis June 1. / PBN FILE PHOTO / NICOLE DOTZENROD

Statehouse to reopen June 1 with some COVID-19 precautions

PROVIDENCE – The Statehouse will reopen to the public and employees on June 1 but on a limited basis and with some safety measures,...
THE R.I. SENATE has passed a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Should Rhode Island gradually increase its minimum wage to $15 an...

The state Senate on Feb. 10 approved a gradual increase in Rhode Island’s minimum wage from $11.50 to $15 per hour by 2025. Proponents say...
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

Senate approves mobile sports betting

PROVIDENCE – The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill allowing mobile sports betting through Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton. “The new in-person Sportsbook...
Sen. Jack Reed has been in the Senate since 1997, after serving six years in the U.S. House. Rhode Island’s senior senator has made a name for himself nationally in military affairs, currently serving as the ranking member on the Senate’s Committee on Armed Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Coalitions keep partners focused

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed | D-R.I. Getting things done in the U.S. Senate requires consensus. It means working across the aisle and building an honorable,...

Can a onetime garbageman who served on the state’s highest court...

A onetime garbageman who became an attorney and member of Rhode Island’s highest court, Robert G. Flanders Jr. has called himself the “embodiment of...
THE SENATE COULD VOTE on the GOP's new tax bill as soon as Thursday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Will the tax system overhaul proposed by the U.S. Senate have...

As conferees from the U.S. House and Senate try to reconcile their two competing tax overhaul proposals, there is time to consider what the...
THE PAWTUCKET FOUNDATION has commissioned a report that finds a proposed $83 million ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox would pose a minimal financial risk for taxpayers and the team. / COURTESY PAWTUCKET RED SOX

Is the state Senate’s plan for fall hearings around the state...

The state Senate has scheduled fall public hearings on a proposal for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. But state leaders have...

Senate GOP may preserve some of Obamacare

Republican senators plan to write a health care bill that could be radically different from the one recently passed by the House, including keeping...

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