Senate OKs bill naming CCRI Newport for Paiva Weed

 

STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved legislation to rename the Community College of Rhode Island’s Newport campus in honor of former Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed.

“Teresa is a trailblazer who has made a powerful, positive difference for our state, for her home community of Newport and for CCRI. Naming CCRI’s Newport campus in her honor is a fitting tribute for her many years of history-making service to CCRI and to our state,” said Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence).

First elected in 1992, Paiva Weed served in the Senate for almost 25 years. In 2009, she became the first woman to be elected Senate president. During her time in the chamber, she also served as majority leader and chairwoman of the Committee on Judiciary, the first woman to serve in these capacities in either chamber.

In 2017, Paiva Weed resigned from the Senate to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. She is also the first woman to hold that post.

Paiva Weed’s legislative accomplishments are vast and far-reaching. Early in her legislative career she spearheaded efforts to reform the state’s welfare system and was she was instrumental in the passage of legislation that changed the manner in which judges are selected to a merit-based process. In other landmark legislation, she established the property tax cap, created the Family Independence Act and restructured the Victims Compensation Fund. She championed green jobs legislation, education and job training initiatives, and legislation to improve the state’s business climate. She also championed funding for the relocation of the Newport Pell Bridge ramps.

As president of the Senate, Paiva Weed shepherded into law legislation to address the opioid overdose crisis. She supported a package of legislation to improve access to mental health treatment and preventative services, as well as legislation to reform the state’s sentencing and probation system.

“It would be difficult to overstate just how much Teresa has done for education at all levels and for CCRI in in particular, and who at the same time was so instrumental in the redevelopment of Newport’s North End. Teresa shepherded the education funding formula into law, helped refocus CCRI’s mission, and was a strong champion for the Newport campus and the city. She is a leader we should all be proud of, and this is a fitting tribute to her legacy,” said Senator Goodwin.

The legislation (2023-S 0442) is cosponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), Senate President Pro Tempore Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick), Sen. Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown), Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln), Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton), Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton), Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown) and Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston).

 

The Supreme Court is getting rid of a Trump-era ban on "bump stocks." The court ruled Friday that the firearm accessory that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire more quickly can't be included in a 1934 law banning machine guns. The decision was 6-3 on ideological lines, striking down a regulation imposed during the Trump administration. Despite the ruling, bump stocks remain illegal in 18 states.       The Supreme Court is not yet ruling on Donald Trump's claims of presidential immunity. The court did not make a decision on the consequential case today, but may do so on June 20th when its next opinions are released. The case impacts some of Trump's pending cases, including his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Trump argues he is immune from prosecution because his actions fell under official conduct that should be protected, and was not a private act.       Floridians can expect even more rain today after days of severe weather and flooding. Non-stop rain has drenched parts of the southern half of the state for days now -- including Miami. Governor Ron DeSantis already declared a state of emergency. Thunderstorm activity in the region is expected to subside by the weekend, but forecasters say flash flooding and urban flooding will remain possible through Saturday.       Kate, Princess of Wales, says she is making "good progress" in her treatment for cancer. In a rare statement Friday, the British royal said she is still undergoing chemotherapy and that she has "a few more months" of treatment remaining. She also announced that she will be attending a military parade Saturday to mark King Charles the Third's birthday. This will be her first official public appearance since she revealed she has cancer.       Ukraine is rejecting Russia's demands to bring the war between the two countries to an end. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would end the war if Ukraine agreed to certain conditions. Those include Kyiv [[ KEEV ]] dropping its ambitions to join NATO, pulling out troops from four Ukrainian provinces claimed by Moscow. The proposal from Russia came just a day after the U.S. and Ukraine agreed to a new ten-year security agreement.       The USA cricket team is continuing to make history. The team has advanced to the next stage of the men's T20 Cricket World Cup after its match against Ireland was rained out in Florida Friday. The point earned by the USA due to the game being called off meant the team qualified for the Super Eight stage of the tournament. The USA will now be placed in a group of four of the final eight teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semifinal round.