Friday, January 25, 2013
The proposal to guarantee marriage rights to all Rhode Islanders now moves onto the state Senate.
Friday, January 25
Rhode Island moved one step closer to marriage equality Thursday as the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 51 to 19 today to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state, the Legislature announced in a release. Rep. Arthur Handy, who has introduced the bill for each of the last 11 years, said the proposal is about justice and equity for same-sex couples. “Obviously, this issue is about fairness and allowing all Rhode Islanders to have equal access to the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage, but marriage is about so much more than legal protections," Handy said in a release. "My wife and I have been married since 1997, and as we’ve worked together to raise our son, the value of having a committed, strong family has …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The former House Minority leader was arrested Saturday for marijuana possession, his second arrest in less than a year.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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. …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The Democrat first introduced legislation to decriminalize small amounts of the drug in 2010.
Rep. John Edwards (D-Tiverton, Portsmouth) is expected to continue his effort to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana in Rhode Island. WPRI reports that Edwards and fellow Rhode Island Libertarian, Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) plan to push for the reform in 2012. Edwards first introduced legislation (2011-H5031) in 2010, calling for civil fines of $150 per occurrence for those who possess small amounts of marijuana. In a letter published on Patch last June, Edwards said such reform "would take a modest step to make the penalties for marijuana possession more proportional to the offense and to allow police to focus their time on more serious matters." "In addition to budgetary savings, decriminalizing small possession of marijuana …