Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would prohibit roadway surveillance, including the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) without a warrant in most situations. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions…

A bill working its way through the Rhode Island state legislature would require the state departments to enforce the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act. Rep. Blake Filippi made a strong case that no state agency should enforce this onerous federal law. The federal act set to go into effect in 2018 imposes 600 pages of rules and…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 14, 2017) – Yesterday, the Rhode House passed a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Joseph McNamara (D) introduced House Bill 5676 (HB5676), along with a bipartisan coalition of four…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 11, 2017) – Last week, a Rhode House committee recommended passage of a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Joseph McNamara (D) introduced House Bill 5676 (HB5676), along with a…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 6, 2017) – Yesterday, a Rhode Island House committee passed a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. A bipartisan coalition of five representatives introduced House Bill 5676 (HB5676) on March 1.…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Mar. 17, 2017) – Bills introduced in the Rhode Island legislature would legalize marijuana for recreational use, taking a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in the state. Senate Bill 420 (S420) was introduced by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and four bipartisan co-sponsors to legalize marijuana under a tax-and-regulate system…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 6, 2017) A bill introduced in the Rhode Island Senate would legalize the retail sale of raw milk in the state and take an important step toward rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry) along with a bipartisan coalition of four senators introduced Senate Bill 247 (S247) on February 15.…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 23, 2016) – A Rhode Island Bill would legalize marijuana for recreational use, taking a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in the state. House Bill 5555 (H5555) was introduced by Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence) and four co-sponsors to legalize marijuana under a tax-and-regulate system enforced at the state…