State Government Press Releases

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06/08/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI Governor Dan McKee today announced that Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) Director Janet Coit will be departing on June 18. Terrence Gray, RIDEM's Deputy Director for Environmental Protection, will ascend to the role of Acting Director of the Department.
06/07/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI Governor Dan McKee today signed two bills into law. The first bill (H-5387A / S-0398aa), sponsored by Representative Julie A. Casimiro and Senator John P. Burke, will ban child marriage in Rhode Island by eliminating language in state law that allows individuals under the age...
06/02/2021
In an effort to reach anyone who has not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, the State, the Town of Smithfield and Fidelity Investments are hosting Rhode Island's first-ever public drive-through pilot vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fidelity Investments parking...
06/01/2021
Today, Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health announced that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors in Rhode Island. The announcement follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) decision to revise outdoor...
05/28/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI Governor Dan McKee is directing U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 31, in observation of Memorial Day. Flags should return to full-staff at noon. Governor McKee also released the...
05/28/2021
WARWICK, RI Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Commissioner on Postsecondary Education Shannon Gilkey Ed.D., and Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan Hughes today signed into law...
05/27/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) and Representative Scott Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), today signed into law the...
05/27/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI - The offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House and Senate President today announced plans for a safe and responsible reopening of the Rhode Island State House, beginning with a limited reopening on Tuesday, June 1. All offices...
05/26/2021
PROVIDENCE, RI Governor Dan McKee and Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta Jones today announced Richard Charest as their choice to lead the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). The Governor has submitted Charest's name to the Rhode...
05/21/2021
CUMBERLAND, RI Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Representative Carol Hagan McEntee and Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin, today signed into law legislation (H-6249A, S-0858aa) which will help...