2016-01-21 / Opinion

General Assembly Highlights

. John Pagliarini sworn in Sen. John A. Pagliarini Jr., (R-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol and Tiverton) was formally sworn into office by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea. He was elected during a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Republican Christopher S. Ottiano.

. No Toll Bridgeworks plan Legislation was introduced to fund the maintenance and repair of bridges by the motor fuel tax, motor vehicle operation violation fees, motor vehicle inspection fees, renewable energy fees, video lottery terminal sales, motion picture production and the capital plan fund account.

.Naval War College officers meet legislators Forty-nine domestic and foreign Naval Officers from the Naval War College in Newport met with a legislative panel in the House Chamber to learn about the legislative process in their host state of Rhode Island. The panel was co-chaired by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma and Raymond E. Gallison Jr.

. Costantino testifies regarding 38 Studios Former House Finance Committee chairman Steven Costantino testified before the House Oversight

Committee about the passage of the Job Creation Guaranty Program and the approval of a loan guaranty to 38 Studios, Curt Schilling’s video game development company, which later failed. The meeting was part of the committee’s hearings into the matters leading up to the state’s investment in 38 Studios.

. Student Loan Bill of Rights Legislation was introduced that would establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights in Rhode Island. The proposed legislation would authorize the creation of the position of student loan ombudsman within the Division of Higher Education Assistance of the office of the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education.

. Ban of prone restraints Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton) introduced legislation that prohibits using prone restraints at certain state-licensed facilities and creates a study commission to study the restraint reporting requirements of those same facilities. The legislation is in response to the controversial technique of prone restraining that has led to cases of asphyxia and death when utilized.

Local General Assembly officials: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton); President of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown); Rep. Marvin Abney (D-Dist. 73, Middletown, Newport); Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown); Rep. Lauren Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport); Rep. Daniel Patrick Reilly (R-Dist. 72, Middletown, Portsmouth)

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