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    News for Political

    Monday, May 14, 2018
    An Update from the State House: DLT Releases Final Paid Leave Regulations The Department of Labor and Training has released the final Paid Sick and Safety Leave (PSSL) regulations. The trigger point for employers to be included under the law is still based on the number of employees the business had within the 2 highest reporting quarter in the previous year. So if you maintained an average ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, May 07, 2018
    An Update from the State House Thursday is a key day and will set the tone for the remainder of the legislative session. At 9:00 a.m. in Room 35 at the State House, the House, the Senate and the Governor will meet for the final Revenue Estimating Conference. The three sides will come to an agreement as to how much the state will collect in revenue for FY2019. This number affects decisions over ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, April 09, 2018
    An Update from the State House What’s Going On This Week Senate Labor Committee Passes Comparable Pay & House Labor Schedules Hearing The Senate Labor Committee recommended passage S.2475 SubA unanimously last week (with a few amendments to the original bill). The House Labor Committee has scheduled the House version - H.7427 – for a hearing Thursday, April 12 th at approximately 4:30 pm ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Political
    Monday, April 02, 2018
    An Update from the State House What’s Going On This Week Senate Labor Committee Schedules Equal Pay Bill and Reporting Bill for VOTE After taking testimony on S.2475 last week, the Senate Labor Committee has scheduled an April 4 th VOTE on S.2475 (Senators Goldin, Goodwin, Ruggerio, Lynch Prata, and McCaffrey) which requires employers to pay employees at the same wage rate if they work in ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, March 26, 2018
    An Update from the State House Last Week – Weather Alerts and Testimonies Last Wednesday arrived with yet another cancellation due to the prediction of a snow storm. All hearings were again postponed. The Senate Labor Committee rescheduled its hearings for Wednesday, March 28 th as did the Senate Committee on Environment and Energy. What’s Going On This Week Tuesday, March 27  The Senate ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Political
    Monday, March 19, 2018
    An Update from the State House Last Week – More Snow and Testimonies What we hope will not become a reoccurring theme in UTD is a cancellation due to snow storms; but the possibility remains in the upcoming week. Last Tuesday all hearings were again postponed thanks to Mother Nature. However, the Wednesday Senate Labor Committee minimum wage hearing changed the quiet halls into an active ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, March 12, 2018
    January Unemployment Rate Held Steady; Rhode Island-Based Jobs down 200 from December The RI Department of Labor and Training announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2018 was 4.5 percent, unchanged from the revised December rate. Over the year, the unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from the January 2017 rate of 4.6 percent. The ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Political, Press Release
    Monday, March 12, 2018
    An Update from the State House Last Week – Rallies, Snow and Testimonies Last week at the statehouse over one thousand people showed up on a Tuesday afternoon to support the right to own guns. Proponents of new gun restriction laws also were in the building; but what this author finds refreshing is that everyone was respectful. Individuals exercised their right to petition the government with ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, March 05, 2018
    An Update from the State House: Hearing Season Begins With phase two of the legislative session, comes numerous hearings on the bills that have been proposed thus far. To date, 918 House bills and 621 Senate bills have been filed. The following key bills are scheduled to be heard this week: It’s Minimum Wage day in the Senate Labor Committee, Wednesday, March 7 th in Room 212 At the Rise. ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, February 26, 2018
    An Update from the State House What’s in the Governor’s FY2019 Budget – The Last Articles  Article 15 – Relating to Children and Families This Article is set to be heard by the House Finance Committee, Wednesday, March 7 th at the Rise (approximately 4:30 p.m. in Room 35) Article 15 addresses what happens when a child in the DCYF system turns 18 years of age. Under current law, the ...read more
    Categories: Political, Chamber
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    An Update from the State House   Legislature on Break   House and Senate members as well as lobbyists could be seen scrambling with stacks of paper to meet the bill filing deadlines last week.  This is the end of phase one of the legislative session – bill preparation.  Phase two will begin when the legislature comes back from Winter break on February 26th .  Phase two is marked by ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor McKee today announced $30,000 in grants secured by his office and the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to update the state’s five-year plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative. The State Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for how ...read more
    Categories: Community, Political, Press Release
    Monday, February 12, 2018
    An Update from the State House House Finance Committee Hearing – Fees The House Finance Committee will be meeting Tuesday, February 13 th at the Rise (around 4:30pm) to hearing testimony concerning the increase in fees for selling securities in Rhode Island and increased license fees for insurance adjusters. The hearing will take place in Room 35 at the State House. The Senate Finance ...read more
    Categories: Political
    Monday, January 22, 2018
    An Update from the State House Pawsox Bill Moves forward Last week the full Senate voted to pass S.2001 – the Pawsox financing legislation. The vote was 26-9 which just met the required 2/3 vote for financial pieces of legislation. Thursday afternoon the House Democratic Caucus met, giving the Speaker the opportunity to gauge where his party was on the issue. Following the caucus, the Speaker ...read more
    Categories: Political, Press Release
    Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    An Update from the State House Welcome to the first edition of Under the Dome 2018! On January 2, 2018, the legislature began its new year. In the coming weeks, legislation will be filed, hearings will be held and the Chamber may ask you to contact your legislators when the need arises. If you haven’t done so already, please go to the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s web page, ...read more
    Categories: Political, Community, Press Release