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Today in History: Rhode Island Becomes the 13th State to Ratify the Constitution

Today in History: Rhode Island Becomes the 13th State to Ratify the Constitution

On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island ratified the Constitution of the United States, becoming the last of the original founding colonies to enter the Union. Rhode Island was the only state that failed to send a representative to the Philadelphia Convention, which had approved the final draft on Sept. 17, 1787. The state acted slowly…

Rhode Island Bill Would Legalize Marijuana; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

Rhode Island Bill Would Legalize Marijuana; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 24, 2018) – A bill filed in the Rhode Island Senate would legalize marijuana, setting the foundation to nullify federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state. Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) introduced Senate Bill 2985 (S2985) on May 16. The legislation would allow adults 21 or older to use, purchase or transport…

Rhode Island House Passes Right to Try Act to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

Rhode Island House Passes Right to Try Act to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 16, 2018) – Today, the Rhode Island House passed a bill would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Warwick) introduced House Bill 7294 (H7294) in January along with four bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation would allow…

Rhode Island Committee Passes Right to Try Act to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

Rhode Island Committee Passes Right to Try Act to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 11, 2018) – On Wednesday, a Rhode Island House committee passed a bill would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Warwick) introduced House Bill 7294 (H7294) in January along with four bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation…

Rhode Island Bill Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Would Effectively Shut Federal Loophole

Rhode Island Bill Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Would Effectively Shut Federal Loophole

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 24, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island Senate would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most…

Rhode Island Bill Would Require Judicial Order for Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

Rhode Island Bill Would Require Judicial Order for Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 1, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would require a judicial order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal…

Rhode Island Bill Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Would Close Federal Loophole

Rhode Island Bill Takes on Asset Forfeiture, Would Close Federal Loophole

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 19, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most…

Rhode Island Right to Try Act Would Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

Rhode Island Right to Try Act Would Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Warwick) introduced House Bill 7294 (H7294) with four bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation would allow terminally ill patients…