WEEKLY MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

 

Senate Minority Leader Jessica de la Cruz : It's time to vote on pay raises
When Governor Dan McKee requested pay raises for his cabinet directors for the second time in barely a 6-month span, Senate Minority Leader Jessica de la Cruz and Senate Minority Whip Gordon Rogers were quick to respond by calling for an up or down vote by the General Assembly.  Read the full press release here.

WEEKLY  LEGISLATIVE  HIGHLIGHTS

Morgan bill would limit who can mail voters’ mail ballots.
Senator Elaine Morgan (R-Dist. 34, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) introduced the legislation (S-0395), ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS – MAIL BALLOTS. The bill Requires that only the mail ballot voter or their spouse/court appointed guardian/cohabitant/or adult person related to the voter by blood or marriage, be allowed to physically mail the voted mail ballot. The bill was referred to Senate Judiciary.  On March 7, the committee recommended the measure be held for further study.

Paolino bill would increase aggregate limit for tax credits.
Senator Thomas Paolino (R-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield) introduced the legislation (S-0267), ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- TAX CREDITS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOLARSHIP ORGANIZATIONS.  The legislation would increase the aggregate amount of tax credits for contributions to scholarship organizations to $5,000,000 for 2024.  The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

SESSION  HIGHLIGHTS

The Senate Minority Caucus was excited to welcome Leader Emeritus Dennis L. Algiere back to the Senate chamber on Thursday, March 16, as the General Assembly honored Irish and Italian cultures with their traditional celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day.  The Senate session included an Irish heritage address delivered by former Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey and an Italian heritage address delivered by former Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere. 

Read the Senate Resolution honoring Senator Dennis L. Algiere for his service to the people of the state of Rhode Island here

SENATE MINORITY NEWS

The Senate Minority Office extends proud congratulations to Senate Minority Whip Gordon Rogers on his appointment to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Advisory Council. Read full release here.
 

COMMUNITY  ENGAGEMENTS

Senator Anthony DeLuca welcomed students from Tollgate High School in Warwick to visit the Senate Minority Office during their tour of the State House March 16th.  

Donald Trump and President Biden are getting ready for the first debate of the 2024 presidential election. Biden is hunkering down with top aides and advisers at Camp David holding mock debates and isn't expected to make any public appearances until the debate in Atlanta on Thursday. Trump has been holding rallies and meeting with senators and allies to go over policies likely to come up when the two political rivals face off.        The President's son wants a new trial after his gun conviction. Hunter Biden submitted his motion today. He previously submitted an appeal in a Delaware federal court last week, then quickly withdrew it without explanation. Hunter was found guilty for unlawfully purchasing a gun while addicted to drugs. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced.       The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Tennessee's ban on gender-affirming care for minors. The challenge will be taken up by the high court during its next term, reviewing a decision by an appeals court that upheld the law. More than 20 states have restricted gender-affirming care for minors.       Forecasters say the Southern Plains and Southeast can expect sweltering temperatures this week. Some cities like Little Rock, Arkansas and Dallas could hit 100-degrees, with the heat index possibly reaching 110 degrees in some areas. Some high temperature records could be broken today in places like Lincoln, Nebraska and Wichita, Kansas.        A record-breaking number of people are expected to travel for the Fourth of July this year. Triple-A predicts nearly 71 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday travel period, which runs June 29th through July 7th. That's up five-percent from last year.        Pop superstar Singer Justin Timberlake is speaking out about his drunk driving arrest as he resumes his world tour. The singer drew massive applause during a weekend show in Chicago when he told the crowd "it's been a tough week." He was arrested in Sag Harbor, Long Island last Tuesday after allegedly running a stop sign.