General Assembly

Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung

People are noticing that Fenton-Fung has proven a far-left progressive.

By Justin Katz | April 30, 2021 |

The Cranston Herald has published a (shall we say) strongly worded letter by resident Suzanne Downing noting (as I did a few months ago) that Republican state representative Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung is not voting as one would expect a Republican to do: As a resident of District 15 in Cranston I was happy to support Barbara Ann…

In the Dugout, Apr 27, 2021

A Con-census That Rhode Island’s Got Problems

By Justin Katz | April 28, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse went through the ins and outs of Rhode Island’s close-call with the Census for his In the Dugout show.  He also talked legislative shop with Republican Senator Jessica De La Cruz.

Mike Stenhouse and Rep. Brian Newberry on In the Dugout, 4/22/21

Funny how blame can shift from policy to implementation as needed.

By Justin Katz | April 22, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse’s In the Dugout show today included guests Republican Representative Brian Newberry and Dr. Andrew Bostom, the first defending his civics education legislation and the second talking COVID matters.  Note, in particular Newberry’s defense of his bill on the grounds that concerns expressed on the show yesterday by Stanley Kurtz were about “implementation,” not the…

A Brief Primer on Gun-Permitting Laws in Rhode Island

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 10, 2013 |

Commenter “Mike” noted that there is more to the Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s proposed firearms permitting bill (h/t Providence Journal) than which office handles an application. Here is a basic outline of the set of overlapping provisions that form the basics of Rhode Island’s firearms law, and how the Attorney General’s bill might…

The House Finance Committee’s 38 Studios Dilemma

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 10, 2013 |

The Rhode Island House of Representatives Finance Committee has a bigger-than-usual open-government dilemma on its hands. Yesterday, the Finance Committee heard three separate bills for dealing with bond payments to 38 Studios (see bills 1A, 1B, and 1C here). There is also a fourth option available — take no further legislative action and pay off…

The “Gun Safety Package”

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 9, 2013 |

Here is a link the General Assembly press release on the 9 bills to be introduced, labeled as the “gun safety package”. The two items likely to be most controversial are…Gun Control and Safe Firearms Act: This bill bans the manufacture, sale, purchase or possession of semi-automatic assault weapons after July 1, 2013. It also…

Coming up in Committee: All of the Economic Development Corporation Bills Being Heard on Tuesday, April 9

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 8, 2013 |

1G. H5746: Limits the Economic Development Corporation’s total liability for loans, bonds, guarantees and other financing instruments to $1B, unless a larger amount is authorized by a General Assembly joint resolution. (H Finance; Tue, Apr 9) 1F. H5268: Caps EDC loan guarantees to any one entity at $10M. (H Finance; Tue, Apr 9) 1E. H5745:…

Coming up in Committee: Forty-Five Sets of Bills Scheduled to be Heard by the RI General Assembly, April 9 – April 11, Part 4

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 8, 2013 |

9. H5748/H5371/H5303: Mandates state use of “data verification and provider screening technology solutions” and “state-of-the-art predictive modeling and analytics technologies in a pre-payment position within the healthcare claim workflow” to reduce Medicaid, RIte Care and RIte Share fraud and waste. H5734 is a variation on the same theme, repeating some of the same descriptions of…

Coming up in Committee: Forty-Five Sets of Bills Scheduled to be Heard by the RI General Assembly, April 9 – April 11, Part 3

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 8, 2013 |

19. H5285: “The Comprehensive Racial Profiling Prevention Act of 2013”, including such provisions as requiring police officers to document the grounds of their “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” searches and to contact a dispatcher or supervising officer where practicable before such searches, and requiring traffic stops to be recorded when a police vehicle is equipped…

Coming up in Committee: Forty-Five Sets of Bills Scheduled to be Heard by the RI General Assembly, April 9 – April 11, Part 2

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 8, 2013 |

29. H5132: Families qualified to receive child-care subsidies because their incomes were less than 180% of the Federal poverty level would continue to receive the subsidy if their incomes rose to 225% of the poverty level “provided that the family requires child care in order to work at paid employment”. H5409 and H5473 would allow…

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