Senator Raptakis feels the Feb. 1, 2013 reporting deadline is a burden to business owners.
Wednesday, January 23
Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Grenwich) has introduced legislation calling for repeal of a new regulation that requires restaurants, bars and alcohol retailers to provide a report for the Division of Taxation detailing total sales of alcoholic beverages in the past year. The reporting requirement was included as part of the State Budget for the current fiscal year that was signed into law last June. The new accounting and reporting procedures are a result of concerns of some Rhode Island liquor retailers that the state’s imposition of a sales tax on liquor puts Rhode Island businesses at a disadvantage to nearby Massachusetts stores, where there is no sales tax on alcoholic beverages. Senator …
The returning State Senator will work to strengthen Rhode Island's drunk driving laws.
Wednesday, January 2
With the Rhode Island State Police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other community partners announcing a “365 Days of Safety” initiative earlier this week to ensure the state’s roadways are safe, especially during New Year’s, State Senator-Elect Lou Raptakis said he is planning to support that effort by introducing a series of bills targeting repeat drunk driving offenders. Raptakis said he will introduce legislation to go after hard-core drunk drivers and strengthen the state’s drunk driving laws. The bills would: “The State Police and MADD are doing important work in promoting awareness and getting the word out about the dangers of impaired driving and I think the General Assembly needs to be respond by doing their part to …