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Rep. Edwards’ bill targets outdated laws

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) has submitted a bill that would create a committee to suggest the repeal of laws that are outdated or not business-friendly. “It’s time we have a committee that sits down, reads through some of these older statutes and makes recommendations to repeal rules that hold no

Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. — East Providence rep Gregg Amore has been appointed to the influential House Committee on Finance.

Reps. Amore, Hearn earn appointments to House Finance Committee

EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence pols received some plumb House of Representatives committee assignments from Speaker Nicholas Mattiello upon return to session this week. Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65) and Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66) were each appointed to the influential House Committee on Finance. The move to the prestigious group coupled with his appointment


State candidates ponder East Providence’s water access

EAST PROVIDENCE — Water, access to the clean, consumable kind, is a matter of common interest for the cities and towns that neighbor East Providence. It’s also an issue which only continues to gain in significance politically for those who represent those municipalities. Of the state offices being contested locally in 2014, both are taking

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Editorial: This one was likely easy compared to future budgets

The Fiscal Year 2014 Rhode Island Budget was passed last week by the General Assembly due in no small part to a pair of local politicians, Rep. Helio Melo and Sen. Daniel DaPonte, the chairs of the respective Committees on Finance in each chamber. While far from perfect, especially considering the significant deficit the state


Assembly passes code consistency bill sponsored by East Providence Rep. Kazarian

PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday, July 3, creating a Code Consistency Council, which will be charged with examining the state fire, building, elevator and other related codes for consistency. The companion bills, which now head to the governor’s desk for a signature, establish a 16-member council with the state fire marshal and

Lawrence Hey, his wife, Leslie and son, Steven, 12, listen to Ward 1 council candidates debate.

East Providence Coalition hosts final debate of 2012 election cycle

EAST PROVIDENCE — An overflow crowd gathered for most of the evening Wednesday night, Oct. 24, in the Newman Congregational Church gym for the East Providence Coalition-sponsored debate among candidates running for General Assembly House Districts 63 and 65 as well as those for City Council At-Large and Wards 1, 2 and 3. The most