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What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 6/10-6/14

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 |

Last week we focused on bills which have passed either the House or Senate and could pose serious harm to civil liberties in Rhode Island. Positively, however, numerous bills making advances for the protection of LGBTQ rights and women’s rights have also passed out of each chamber.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 6/3-6/7

Posted: Jun 07, 2019 |

As the legislative session approaches its final month, the number of bills being voted out of committee, onto the floor, and recommended to the opposite chamber has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, some of these bills contain provisions which violate civil liberties principles.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 5/20 - 5/24

Posted: May 24, 2019 |

The passage of out of committee this week of a bill (S 138) which would reinstate a previously repealed statute governing the licensing of medical lab professionals highlighted the way that discriminatory employment patterns are reinforced by actions from the General Assembly.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 5/13-5/17

Posted: May 20, 2019 |

Last week, the House and Senate heard testimony on packages of bills which present a comprehensive overhaul of the public education system in Rhode Island. A bill was also heard in House Finance which would provide a reimbursement program for schools that choose to hire new School Resource Officers (SROs). Both of these hearings demonstrated how civil liberties needs to be in the forefront of the conversation to facilitate true educational equity and achievement.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 5/6-5/10

Posted: May 13, 2019 |

Although some of the bills that we comment on affect civil liberties at their face value – either positively or negatively – the reason that we read every single proposed bill, and comment on 300+ pieces of legislation every year, is because the devil is in the details.

 

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 4/29-5/3

Posted: May 03, 2019 |

Even as the session enters its fifth month, we've begun to see movement on only a handful of bills that are being tracked by the ACLU.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 4/22-4/26

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 |

The ACLU testified on 29 bills this week at the Statehouse, with topics ranging from reforming criminal background checks to allowing over-the-counter medication in schools.

Here are the highlights of what we commented on this week.

Celebrate Earth Day - and the First Amendment!

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 |Category: Free Speech Category: Right to Petition & Protest

On Earth Day, it's worth remembering that the First Amendment can be an important ally in saving the planet.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 4/8-4/12

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 |

The legislative session is on spring break this week, but the days leading up to the session break were full for the ACLU. Last week, we testified on 28 bills, with the topics ranging from drug reclassification to gender rating in health insurance to comprehensive election and voting reform.

Another day in the ACLU’s life at the State House

Posted: Apr 08, 2019 |

Most of our advocacy work flies under the radar.  Yes, we testify on more than 300 bills every legislative session, but that is just a fraction of our lobbying on behalf of civil liberties.  The hours spent at the Statehouse do not include time spent reading, researching, writing about, and organizing around legislation and policy. For a lobbying team of two people, it often takes 13-hour days to stay abreast of RI legislative activity that affects civil liberties.

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