Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Actress Viola Davis, a Rhode Island native, is asking lawmakers to pass a Portsmouth representative's bill to protect circus elephants from harm.
A well-known Rhode Island native and Oscar-nominated actress is showing her support for a Portsmouth representative's bill to protect circus elephants. The Providence Journal reports Viola Davis, a Central Falls native and star of the movie "The Help," wants lawmakers to pass Rep. Raymond Gallison's bill H-5853. Rep. Gallison (D-Dist. 69, Portsmouth and Bristol) previously introduced a bill to make the mistreatment of circus elephants a felony. The bill would also prohibit animal handlers from using such training devices as bullhooks on the animals. If passed, violations of bill could result in fines of $5,000. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary, but no vote is scheduled. To read the full bill, click here.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Senator Christopher Ottiano, a sponsor of the bill, has withdrawn this controversial proposal after hearing from many Prudence Island residents.
Senator Christopher Ottiano (Dist. 11, Portsmouth and Bristol) has withdrawn his bill, which would create a "Prudence Island Ferry Authority" to help resolve the problem of ferry service for Prudence Island residents. While Ottiano's Senate bill 532 has been withdrawn, an identical House bill, H-5600, sponsored by Reps. Raymond Gallison, John G. Edwards, Dennis Canario and Kenneth Marshall, has been referred to the House Finance Committee. The bill, if approved, would create a quasi-governmental body with members of Portsmouth and Bristol governments. The authority would determine the course of action to resolve Prudence Island's current ferry problem. As of Dec. 1, ferry services between Bristol's mainland and Prudence Island, a part…
Friday, April 12, 2013
The bill heads to hearing this Wednesday.
A Portsmouth representative is working to protect circus animals from potential abuse. Rep. Raymond Gallison (D-Dist. 69, Portsmouth and Bristol) introduced a bill recently to make mistreatment of circus elephants a felony, reports The Associated Press. The bill would also prohibit animal handlers from using such training devices as bullhooks on the animals. The bill, H-5853, heads for a hearing this Wednesday. If passed, violations of the bill could result in fines of $5,000. To read the full bill, click here.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Local Rep. Raymond Gallison proposed ignition locks for those convicted of DUI-related offenses.
Gallison proposes ignition locks: Rep. Raymond Gallison (D-Bristol, Portsmouth) sponsored the House version of a bill that would allow judges to order ignition locks for drivers convicted of DUI and alcohol-related offenses. Gallison's bill was one of several aimed at reducing DUI and related accidents. Legislation introduced to prohibit sale of ‘e-cigarettes’ to minors Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) has introduced legislation (2013-S 0622) to prohibit the sale of “e-cigarettes” to minors. Electronic cigarettes, which look like the real thing, are battery-powered nicotine delivery systems, heating a nicotine liquid and delivering it to a user in vapor form. The bill would expand the …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A House Committee, chaired by Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr., scores 100 percent in new report.
The House committee, chaired by state Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Portsmouth), complied with the state's Open Meetings law 100 percent of the time last year, according to a new report from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis. "Access 2012" reviewed the performance of every House and Senate committee during last year's legislative session. The Open Meetings law requires most governmental bodies to post meeting notices and agendas at least 48 hours in advance. Under Gallison’s leadership, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee had a perfect record for the second consecutive year. The committee oversees legislation affecting veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their families. “Providing the public with notification of meetings and …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The local state representative sponsored two bills in the General Assembly to help deployed veterans.
The federal Department of Defense honored local state Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. this week, thanking him for two bills in the RI General Assembly that assist members of the armed forces and their families. Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, sent Gallison (D-Bristol, Portsmouth) a letter and certificate praising his sponsorship of two new laws to help deployed veterans vote and to help accelerate child-custody hearings. The first bill (2012-H 7100A) put Rhode Island’s elections laws into compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, aiintended to help deployed military members and others abroad to register and vote. The other bill (2012-H …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Raymond Gallison is running unopposed for re-election.
Name : Mr. Raymond E Gallison Jr Date of birth : 23 March 1952 Place of residence : 50 King Philip Ave Bristol RI 02809 Attended college : Yes College : Rhode Island College Degree : Bachelor of Arts Year of graduation : 1974 University : University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth Area of research : Juris Doctor Year of graduation : 1989 Job titles held : Assistant Director Employers : Alternative Educational Programming Inc Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: State office Running for position: Representative - District 69 Chamber/district: 69 Incumbent: Yes First elected: 14 November 2000 Previous elective offices : Representative Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address 50 King Philip Ave Bristol RI 2809 Chairman, House …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize marijuana, while also considering another bill that would ban duck hunting near a Portsmouth beach.
Two bills with Portsmouth ties are heading for consideration and closer to becoming law. Lawmakers modify medical marijuana program Lawmakers will consider a bill next week that, if approved and signed into law, would place more restrictions on the state's pending medical marijuana program. House Bill 7888, co-sponsored by Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist.70, Portsmouth, Tiverton), would place restrictions on medical marijuana centers or "compassion centers" currently being planned to open. Earlier this month, legislative leaders announced they had reached a deal with Gov. Lincoln Chafee that would allow the state's first medical marijuana centers to open their doors, including one in Portsmouth. Last spring, Dr. Seth Bock's proposal for…
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The General Assembly is looking at how municipalities can share services to cut costs.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The following is from a State House press release. The General Assembly is embarking on an effort to assist municipalities and school districts in sharing services. The new Joint Commission on Shared Municipal Services will make recommendations to the General Assembly on legislation that could help cities and towns cut the costs involved in providing municipal services by getting together and sharing them. Created by legislation (2011-S 0171, 2011-H 5715) sponsored last year by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma and Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. and passed by the Assembly, the permanent panel was a recommendation of a special commission led by Senator DiPalma last year that studied the sharing of services among Rhode Island municipalities. “There is a …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Rep. Raymond Gallison has introduced a bill that, if passed, would prohibit duck hunting south of Cory's Lane and north of Maritime Drive.
State Rep. Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. (Democrat- District 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) introduced new legislation Wednesday to prohibit duck hunting near the Kings Grant residential development off West Main Road. The legislation comes after several Kings Grant residents complained about duck hunting occurring on a nearby beach and much too close to their homes. "The law in Rhode Island allows hunters to fire weapons within 500 feet of an occupied residence. That is really very close when you have pets, children and grandchildren who also walk the beach," wrote resident Mike Doyle in an e-mail to Gallison. The legislation, House Bill 7433, prohibits the hunting of waterfowl "in the area south of Cory's Lane and north of Maritime Drive." The …