Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Coventry delegation take oaths as General Assembly leaders vow to build RI's economic muscle.
Coventry's delegation kicked off the the 2013-2014 General Assembly session New Year's Day with a swearing in ceremony and a call from Senate and House leaders to work to build the state's economy. In the Senate, re-elected Senator Nicholas D.Kettle (R- Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, W.G.). and Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D- Dist. 33, Coventry, E.G., W.G.) took the oath of office with their fellow 36 senators. The body began the legislative year with the re-election of Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) as the President of the Senate. In the House, re-elected Representatives Jared Nunes (D-Dist. 25), Patricia L. Morgan (R-Dist. 26), Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27), Scott J. Guthrie (D-Dist. 28), Lisa P. Tomasso (D-Dist…
Monday, May 7, 2012
The legislation would allow residents extended time to pay tax bills.
Monday, May 7, 2012
On May 3, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow the Town of Coventry to establish a tax amnesty program for the new fiscal year, which begins in July. Sponsored by Rep. Scott J. Guthrie (D-Dist. 28, Coventry) at the request of the Town Council, the legislation,(2012-H7979), would give Coventry taxpayers an extra 45 days to pay their quarterly tax bills. With House approval, the bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. An identical Senate bill,(2012-S2836), introduced by Sen. Nicholas D. Kettle (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate), is currently before the Senate Committee on Finance. The legislation gives the Town Council authority to establish the program for the 2013 Fiscal Year, which begins in …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Supporters say the bill is to inform; opponents say it is to shame. Where do you stand?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Women would be legally required to have an ultrasound before having an abortion under a bill pending in the General Assembly, the Providence Journal reports. Doctors would be required to conduct an ultrasound and explain the images to a pregnant woman — including the dimensions of the fetus and any "external members and internal organs if present and viewable" — before performing an abortion, according to a bill filed by Rep. Karen L. MacBeth, D-Cumberland. MacBeth said the proposal is intended to ensure women have access to all the information before finalizing their decision. But opponents of bill, including Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, say the law is meant to "shame" women to discourage abortion. So what do you think? …
Monday, January 23, 2012
The former House Minority leader was arrested Saturday for marijuana possession, his second arrest in less than a year.
State Rep. Bob Watson was arrested Saturday in South Kingstown for possession of marijuana, his second such arrest in less than a year. Watson, a republican from East Greenwich, "appeared highly intoxicated" and was slurring his words, according to a police report, when officers encountered him just before midnight at Washington County Veterinary Hospital in South Kingstown. The representative had apparenly collided with a snow bank, and his car was missing its front, driver's side tire. Officers saw a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana in his car, according to the report, and also allegedly found a plastic bag containing the substance. In April 2011, Watson was charged in New Haven, CT, with possession and driving under the influence…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The retired police officer and lawmaker who represents Providence and Johnston is facing sexual assault charges.
State Rep. John M. Carnevale (D-Providence, Johnston) pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree sexual assault and one count of assault with the intent to commit sexual assault Wednesday. He was released on $50,000 bail. Carnevale, 50, a retired Providence police sergeant, is accused of making sexual advances toward a Johnston woman in her home and attempting to have sex with her on July 28. When she resisted, Carnevale allegedly masturbated in front of the victim, before throwing a $20 bill at her, according to reports from the the Johnston Police Department. According to the report, the victim went to police headquarters on Aug. 1 to report the incident. Carnevale was indicted on Oct. 28 and arraigned Wednesday. He was reeleased on …