State Government Press Releases

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05/04/2015
"As we celebrate Rhode Island Independence Day today, we are reminded of our state's rich history and our longstanding commitment to personal freedom, self-rule and democracy. Let's honor that great legacy of civic participation by expanding opportunities for Rhode Islanders to participate in a...
04/30/2015
Secretary of State Gorbea releases 2015 first quarter data for new business creation The number of new business entities created in the first quarter of 2015 increased by 30% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data released today by the office of Secretary of State Nellie M....
04/29/2015
Every two years, the Department of State publishes the Rhode Island Government Owner's Manual, a comprehensive guide to local and state government that is distributed statewide in book form and also available online. This year, Secretary Gorbea wants to engage Rhode Islanders and give everyone an...
04/27/2015
A total of four candidates have filed the required declaration of candidacy form with the North Smithfield board of canvassers as a first step towards appearing on the ballot in the Special Election for Town Council. The deadline for filing a declaration of candidacy form was this past Friday,...
04/22/2015
Secretary of State of State Nellie M. Gorbea is warning Rhode Island business owners not to be misled by a deceptive letter that appears to come from an official government source. The letter is being mailed by an entity calling itself "Annual Business Services." Several businesses have...
04/22/2015
North Smithfield residents will vote in a Special Election this summer to fill a vacancy on that community's five-member Town Council. Candidates for the position must officially declare their intention of running for office on Thursday, April 23, or Friday, April 24, 2015. Secretary of State...
04/20/2015
Voters in Jamestown will head to the polls on Tuesday, April 28, for a Special Referendum Election to approve or reject the Town's purchase of a property located at 138 Narragansett Avenue. Tomorrow, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will host a voter outreach event in Jamestown aimed at...
04/17/2015
The Rhode Island General Assembly's compliance with the Open Meetings Act saw an overall improvement from 93% in 2013 to 94% in 2014. Compliance by the House was 91% in 2014. Compliance by the Senate was 97% in 2014. The overall compliance rate covered a total of 522 legislative meetings. "It...
04/14/2015
Providence, RI - At a State House news conference today, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea unveiled the Department of State's Voting and Elections Modernization Act of 2015 (VEMA). The legislation will allow Rhode Islanders to register online to vote, improve the integrity of our voter rolls,...
04/13/2015
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will announce legislation aimed at modernizing voting and elections in Rhode Island during a press conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 2:30 PM at the Rhode Island State House. Secretary Gorbea will be joined at the press conference...