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.  

Jury selection starts today in the hush money criminal trial of former President Donald Trump in New York. Trump is facing 34 felony charges of accusations of falsifying business records in order to cover payments made to an adult film star just prior to the 2016 election. There are reports that six thousand New Yorkers have been summoned as potential jurors.        Donald Trump could face jail time if he's convicted in his New York hush money trial. Each of the 34 charges against the former president is a Class E felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four years upon conviction. If Trump is found guilty on all or some of the criminal counts, it will be up to the jury to decide how he'll be punished.       Most members of the United Nations Security Council are condemning Iran's weekend attack on Israel. The council met Sunday hours after Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles towards Israel, retaliation for an Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic post in Syria.        Today is tax day and the IRS says most taxpayers should be seeing their refund about three weeks after filing. If you didn't opt for direct deposit, and instead filed on paper or are waiting for a check, it could a take a bit longer. The IRS "Where's My Refund" tool allows taxpayers to check the status of their refund.        The executor of O.J. Simpson's estate says the late football star will be cremated and his brain will not be provided for a C-T-E study. Malcolm LaVergne, who had served as Simpson's lawyer, said he has received at least one request to study the effects of possible head injuries to his brain. LaVergne said Sunday there are "tentative plans" for a private "celebration of life" gathering for family and close friends.       The world's oldest conjoined twins have passed away. Lori and George Schappell died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on April 7th at the age of 62. George, who had identified as male for the past 17 years, and his sister were joined at their foreheads.