In a session full of pomp, circumstance, family and friends, the members of the 2013-14 General Assembly convene for the first time.
Newly elected Tiverton Rep. Dennis Canario (District 71) was sworn into office at an official ceremony this week alongside the states other first-term legislators. Rep. Gordon Fox (D-Providence) was returned to the House speakership by a vote of 66-6, with 3 abstentions. Across the way, in the Senate chambers, 38 senators were sworn in, including Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-E.G., N.K., S.K., Narr.), and Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D-Coventry, E.G., W.G.). Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) regained the presidency, with Hodgson casting the lone "nay" vote.
State lawmakers are looking to pass a bill that would put pets on the list of distractions for drivers in Rhode Island.
Dogs and texting could potentially share something in common. If a proposed bill is passed, both would be considered serious driving distractions to drivers in Rhode Island, according to a Fox News report Tuesday. The bill, currently making its way through the state legislature, aims to ban drivers from having their pets ride on their laps. Violators would pay an $85 fine for the first offense, a $100 fine for the second offense and $125 for subsequent offenses. Do you agree? Are pets serious distractions for drivers on the road? Weigh in on today's poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.