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# 1 BUDGET- The 2014 budget represents an increase of $1 billion over the past two years. And, adding insult to injury, it includes $1 billion in projected deficits over the next 4 years. Of course, it includes the payment of 38 Studios along with various tax and fee increases. It also includes three 2% raises for state employees, with no discernible way to pay the price tag of $20+ million. It does not include any decision on where the Health Insurance Exchange should reside - state or federal - nor does it include how to pay the estimated $23 million annual maintenance costs. It does, however, make an attempt to look business friendly by reducing the corporate tax rate from 9% to 7%, but then offsets that by including combined reporting for taxes.

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, as amended, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 63 members voting in the affirmative and 12 members voting in the negative as follows.

YEAS - 63: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Fox, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, Naughton, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, San Bento, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 12: Representatives Chippendale, Costa, Dickinson, Giarrusso, Hearn, Lombardi, MacBeth, Marcello, McLaughlin, Morgan, Newberry, Tanzi.

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# 2 38 Studios - A vote against Representative Morgan’s proposed Budget Amendment to create an Independent Counsel, with subpoena power, to investigate 38 Studios, is a vote for unabated conflict of interest, insider deals and the appearance of corruption.

The motion to amend fails on a roll call vote 11 members voting in the affirmative and 61 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 11: Representatives Chippendale, Giarrusso, Hearn, MacBeth, Marcello, McLaughlin, Morgan, Newberry, Nunes, Tanzi, Trillo.

NAYS - 61: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Cimini, Corvese, Costantino,Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Fox, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, San Bento, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tomasso, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

Note: Coderre, Costa and Naughton present, but DID NOT VOTE.

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# 3 GUTTING EDUCATION REFORM: In a prior session, the General Assembly, with no apparent supporting reasons, consolidated the Board of Regents (primary and secondary schools) and the Board of Governors (state colleges) into one Board of Education. This session, they voted to separate them again while they remain under the one umbrella (one step forward, two steps back).

Also in the 2014 session, the Education Commissioner and the Board of Education have basically been rendered useless with the GA stepping in to take complete control of the most important aspects of education reform - teacher evaluations and standardized testing.

As a taxpayer, you should be outraged by the process in which the standardized testing delay was achieved. Speaker Mattiello supported the graduation requirement right up until the end, claiming that he changed his mind when a family with a slightly disabled child was brought forward for an emotional plea. The problem is you can’t legislate based on emotion. There are 142,000 RI school students who require a meaningful diploma, who require an education that will make them employable. Just ask RI Manufacturers Association about the dearth of employable graduates. They have been very vocal on just how “challenging” it is to find employable graduates.

So, in spite of the claims that improving RI’s economy and education system are Job 1, we see the gutting of education reform in one fell swoop, all under pressure from the public unions. It is the children of RI who have lost.

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​​​#3 (a) H 7096 Reduce the frequency of teacher evaluations from annual to 2 and 3 years for most teachers.

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, as amended, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 69 members voting in the affirmative and 3 members voting in the negative as follows.

YEAS - 69: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Fox, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hull, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 3: Representatives Giarrusso, Hearn, Morgan.

Note: Palumbo and San Bento absent.


Note: Jacquard present, but DID NOT VOTE.

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#3 (b) H 8363/S 2059 Delays standardized testing as graduation requirement until 2017.

Read and passed, as amended, on a roll call vote, 70 members voting in the affirmative and 3 members voting in the negative as follows:


YEAS - 70: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn,Gallison, Giarrusso, Guthrie, Handy, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morgan, Morin, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 3: Representatives Hearn, Marcello, Tomasso.

Note: Palumbo and San Bento absent.

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# 4 DRIVE UTILITY COSTS HIGHER This GA is notorious for thinking that the speck known as RI can have an impact on global climate change. Representative Handy (the gentleman who brought us the $21 million bike path) is a sponsor on numerous pieces of green energy bills that tax you more either directly through higher municipal infrastructure costs or indirectly by forcing National Grid to charge customers higher rates to fund “clean energy”. A few years back it was DeepWater Wind, which hasn’t even begun to flow through your electric bill yet. The 2014 session brought more in the way of forcing National Grid to charge higher rates to customers.
Note: See if your Rep voted for DeepWater Wind in 2010 (below).

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#4 (a) H 7904/S 2952 Climate Change - Resilient RI Act (Climate Change Coordinating Council)

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 62 members voting in the affirmative and 6 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 62: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Cimini, Coderre, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Fellela, Finn, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, Naughton, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 6: Representatives Chippendale, Costa, Giarrusso, Morgan, Newberry, Trillo.

Note: Fox and San Bento absent.
Note: Azzinaro, Corvese, Edwards, Ferri and Lima present, DID NOT VOTE.

#4 (b) H 7727 Distributed Generation (increase utility costs)

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The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, as amended, in concurrence and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 54 members voting in the affirmative and 8 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 54: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Cimini, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Fellela, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, Malik, Marshall, Melo, Messier, Morin, Naughton, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Tanzi, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 8: Representatives Chippendale, Costa, Giarrusso, MacBeth, Marcello, McLaughlin, Morgan, Newberry.

Note: Fox and San Bento absent.
Note: Coderre, Corvese, Dickinson, Edwards, Ferri, Finn, Martin, McNamara, O’Neill, Silva, Slater present. DID NOT VOTE.

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#4 (c) H 7991 Affordable Clean Energy Security Act.

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 66 members voting in the affirmative and 1 member voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 66: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Cimini, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Fellela, Finn, Gallison, Giarrusso, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morgan, Morin, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 1: Representative Ajello.

Note: Fox and San Bento absent.

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# 5 CONTINUE THE PRECEDENT OF BAILING OUT PENSIONS SYSTEMS Your General Assembly believes that cities and towns should be rewarded after their elected officials have squander the city’s taxpayer dollars through mismanagement and corruption. For the second time, the 2014 GA decided your taxpayer dollars should be taken from you and given to Central Falls retirees. So now you are paying for your own city’s employees, your city’s retirees and the retirees of Central Falls. Watch for the Central Coventry Fire District. It’s bankrupt and will probably need a bailout too. How would your Rep vote? Then there are the near bankrupt cities of Providence, Woonsocket, West Warwick and so on and so on.

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​​H 7776 Provide a second subsidy of $4.8 million to Central Falls pension plan (after previous subsidy of $2.6 million).

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 68 members voting in the affirmative and 3 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 68: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morgan, Morin, Naughton, Newberry, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 3: Representatives Hearn, Marcello, Nunes.

Note: Fox and San Bento absent.

Note: Giarrusso and Kennedy present. DID NOT VOTE.

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​​#6 INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE IN A STATE WITH HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT

H 7194/S 2249 Increase the minimum wage for third year in a row

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 63 members voting in the affirmative and 10 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 63: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, Naughton, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 10: Representatives Chippendale, Costa, Costantino, Giarrusso, MacBeth, Marcello, McLaughlin, Morgan, Newberry, Trillo.

Note: Fox and San Bento absent.

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​​​​​# 7 SQUASHING DEMOCRACY AND PROTECTING PUBLIC UNION STATUS QUO
The people of the Central Coventry Fire District were tired of the exorbitant taxes they paid for fire services. They voted down the bankrupt fire district’s budget numerous times. They came up with a plan of their own to restructure the fire district, fashioned on the Portsmouth model, to allow for a hybrid structure. Speaker Mattiello would have none of it. The public unions win.

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#7 (a) H 7944 Expanded the authority of fiscal overseer to include Fire Districts in an effort to keep the status quo in Central Coventry Fire District.
The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, as amended, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 64 members voting in the affirmative and 2 members voting in the negative as follows.

YEAS - 64: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Winfield.

NAYS - 2: Representatives Morgan, Nunes.

Note: Abney, Cimini, Fox, Giarrusso, Naughton, Newberry, San Bento, Trillo and Williams absent.

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#7 (b) Amendment to fiscal overseer law to provide tax levy cap in accordance with sec 44-5-2 (limits the tax levy on all cities and towns).
The motion to amend fails on a roll call vote 11 members voting in the affirmative and 54 members voting in the negative as follows:


YEAS - 11: Representatives Ajello, Chippendale, Costa, Costantino, Finn, Hearn, Marcello, Morgan, Nunes, O'Neill, Walsh.

NAYS - 54: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Ackerman, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Coderre, Corvese, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, O'Brien, O'Grady, Palangio, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Ucci, Valencia, Winfield.

Note: Abney, Cimini, Fox, Giarrusso, Naughton, Newberry, San Bento, Trillo and Williams absent.
Note: Palumbo present. DID NOT VOTE.

#7 (c) Amendment to allow fiscal overseer to amend existing collective bargaining agreement when necessary.
The motion to amend fails on a roll call vote 3 members voting in the affirmative and 63 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 3: Representatives Chippendale, Costa, Morgan.

NAYS - 63: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Coderre, Corvese, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Winfield.

Note: Abney, Cimini, Fox, Giarrusso, Naughton, Newberry, San Bento, Trillo and Williams absent.

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​​# 8 ELIMINATE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE Who would not vote to end fraud, waste and abuse? Well, no one voted against it, but look and see how many wouldn’t vote in favor either. There were 10 Reps who would not go on the record of saving taxpayers’ money from the fraud, waste and abuse in the welfare programs.

H 7941 Prohibited fraudulent use of EBT card - alcohol, tobacco, lottery, etc.

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 63 members voting in the affirmative and 0 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 63: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Fellela, Finn, Gallison, Giarrusso, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morgan, Morin, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 0:

Note: Fox and San Bento absent.

Note: Ajello, Bennett, Cimini, Coderre, Edwards, Ferri, Hull, Lima, O’Neill and Valencia present. DID NOT VOTE.

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​​#9 INCREASE THE DEBT FOR RI As if an $8.7 billion budget isn’t enough for a state the size of RI, the General Assembly continues to place the state in more and more debt. RI should be investing its limited resources very wisely. This is not a time to build a garage for $45 million or provide $30 million to the Arts, or $35 million for a ‘mass transit hub’. This is a time to figure out how to pay for our crumbling infrastructure, how to create a business friendly state and how to ensure our children receive a world class education.

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#9 (a) Budget Article 4 (exclusive of Garrahy Garage) Nursing Center, RI Airport Corp, Refunding bonds, Tobacco settlement.
The remainder of Article 4 prevails as amended, on a roll call vote, 71 members voting in the affirmative and 1 member voting in the negative as follows.

YEAS - 71: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Fox, Gallison, Giarrusso, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, MacBeth, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morgan, Morin, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 1: Representative Marcello.

Note: Kennedy, Palumbo and San Bento present. DID NOT VOTE.

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#9 (b) Separate vote on Garrahy Garage, $45 million

Section 2, page 1 line 5 through page 2 line 22 prevails on a roll call vote 64 members voting in the affirmative and 8 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 64: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Dickinson, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Fox, Gallison, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, Malik, Marshall, Martin, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morin, Naughton, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 8: Representatives Chippendale, Giarrusso, MacBeth, Marcello, Morgan, Newberry, Nunes, Tanzi.

Note: Kennedy, Palumbo and San Bento present. DID NOT VOTE.
             
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#9 (c) Budget Article 5 - URI Engineering Building $125 million, Creative and Cultural Arts $35 million, Cultural Arts and Economy $30 million, Mass Transit Hub $35 million, Zoo $18 million.

Article 5 prevails as amended, on a roll call vote, 70 members voting in the affirmative and 3 members voting in the negative as follows.


YEAS - 70: The Honorable Speaker Mattiello and Representatives Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Bennett, Blazejewski, Canario, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Costantino, Craven, DeSimone, Diaz, Edwards, Fellela, Ferri, Finn, Fox, Gallison, Giarrusso, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Lima, Lombardi, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, McNamara, Melo, Messier, Morgan, Morin, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Brien, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palangio, Phillips, Ruggiero, Serpa, Shekarchi, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 3: Representatives Dickinson, MacBeth, McLaughlin.

Note: Palumbo and San Bento present. DID NOT VOTE.


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                  A REVIEW OF 3 VERY IMPORTANT VOTES IN THE RECENT PAST.

The General Assembly has tackled three very important issues in the recent past. It is worth revisiting these votes when you try to paint a picture of your representative.


2010 - DEEPWATER WIND

H 8083 Contracting standard for Renewable Energy

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, as amended and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 56 members voting in the affirmative and 15 members voting in the negative as follows.

YEAS - 56: The Honorable Speaker Fox and Representatives Ajello, Almeida, Azzinaro, Baldelli-Hunt, Brien, Caprio, Carnevale, Carter, Coderre, Corvese, Costantino, DaSilva,DeSimone, Edwards, Ferri, Fierro, Gablinske, Gemma, Giannini, Guthrie, Handy, Jackson, Kilmartin, Lally, Lima, MacBeth, Malik, Martin, Mattiello, McCauley, McNamara, Melo, Menard, Messier, Murphy, O'Neill, Pacheco, Palumbo, Petrarca, Pollard, Ruggiero, San Bento, Schadone, Segal, Serpa, Shallcross, Silva, Slater, Sullivan, Trillo, Ucci, Walsh, Wasylyk, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 15: Representatives Diaz, Driver, Ehrhardt, Gallison, Hearn, Kennedy, Loughlin, Marcello, Naughton, Newberry, Rice, A., Rice, M., Savage, Vaudreuil, Watson.

Absent Fellela and Murphy.

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2011 - VOTER ID

H 5680 Voter ID required.

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 54 members voting in the affirmative and 21 members voting in the negative as follows.

YEAS - 54: The Honorable Speaker Fox and Representatives Azzinaro, Baldelli-Hunt, Brien, Carnevale, Chippendale, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, DaSilva, DeSimone, Dickinson, Ehrhardt, Fellela, Flaherty, Gallison, Gordon, Hull, Jackson, Johnston, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, MacBeth, Malik, Martin, Mattiello, McCauley, McLaughlin, Medina, Melo, Menard, Morgan, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Grady, O'Neill, Palumbo, Petrarca, Phillips, Reilly, San Bento, Savage, Schadone, Serpa, Silva, Tarro, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Watson, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 21: Representatives Ajello, Bennett, Blazejewski, Cimini, Diaz, Edwards, Ferri, Guthrie, Handy, Hearn, Jacquard, Lima, Marcello, McNamara, Messier, Morrison, Ruggiero, Slater, Tanzi, Valencia, Walsh.

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2011 PENSION REFORM

H 6319 Pension Reform for State pension system.

The bill marked Substitute “A” is read and passed, as amended and the original bill indefinitely postponed, on a roll call vote, 57 members voting in the affirmative and 15 members voting in the negative as follows:

YEAS - 57: The Honorable Speaker Fox and Representatives Ajello, Azzinaro, Baldelli-Hunt, Bennett, Blazejewski, Brien, Chippendale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Edwards, Ehrhardt, Ferri, Gallison, Gordon, Handy, Hearn, Jackson, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Martin, Mattiello, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Morgan, Morrison, Naughton,Newberry, Nunes, O'Grady, O'Neill, Petrarca, Phillips, Reilly, Ruggiero, Savage, Schadone, Serpa, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tarro, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Watson, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 15: Representatives Carnevale, DaSilva, DeSimone, Dickinson, Fellela, Guthrie, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Lima, Medina, Menard, Messier, Palumbo, San Bento.

Absent: Diaz, Flaherty, McCauly





IMPORTANT VOTES OF 2014
THEY PAINT A PICTURE OF YOUR LEGISLATOR


TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THOSE WHO WERE IN ATTENDANCE, BUT WOULD NOT GO ON THE RECORD WITH A VOTE!