Woonsocket Legislators Sworn In New Year's Day

Woonsocket delegation take oaths as General Assembly leaders vow to build RI's economic muscle.


Woonsocket's delegation kicked off the the 2013-2014 General Assembly session New Year's Day with a swearing in ceremony and a call from Senate and House leaders to work to build the state's economy. 

In the Senate, re-elected Senators Marc A. Cote, (D-Dist. 24) and Senator Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20) took the oath of office with their fellow 36 senators. 

The body began the legislative year with the re-election of Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport, Jamestown) as the President of the Senate.

In the House, re-elected Representatives Robert D. Philips (D-Dist. 51), Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49) and newly-minted Rep. Steven Casey (D-Dist. 50) took the oath of office with their fellow 72 representatives. 

Rep. Gordon Fox (D-Providence) was returned to the House speakership after being nominated by Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66,  Barrington,East Providence) and Rep. Thomas Winfield (D-Dist. 53, Smithfield, Glocester).  

Following the vote, Fox addressed the newly inaugurated members of the House of Representatives, invoking the spirit of Lincoln's inaugural address in 1861, attempting to preserve the nation just after seven southern states had seceeded. “We don’t have such a daunting task ahead of us on New Year’s Day in 2013. But much like Congress in 1861, what we do today is for the long term. We have a long, festering problem that was triggered by the Great Recession of 2008, and we’ve had a slow-moving economy ever since." 

To jumpstart its work on improving Rhode Island’s economy, the House will hold a five-hour economic development conference at Rhode Island College on Thursday, Jan. 17, in place of its regular session that day, Fox said.

Weed said the Senate will work to make the state more business-friendly. She said the Senate will focus on initiatives to:

• Better equip the workforce with the skills they need to succeed in today’sknowledge economy

• Reverse Rhode island’s reputation as an over-regulated state

• Improve education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education

• Encourage urban revitalization and bolster the construction industry through a targeted historic tax credit

• Further economic development through the arts

• Address budgetary challenges in a manner which preserves essential services while improving Rhode Island’s competitiveness; andImprove the affordability, quality and transparency of Rhode Island’s health care system.

Joe Sousa. January 02, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Hold on to your wallet. Their back with a whole new list of ideas how to tax the public. Being the 49th.business friendly state isn't good enough. We want the worst . Add tolls and you will get your wish. People voting with their feet,businesses relocating. Good by RI.
joseph January 03, 2013 at 03:35 AM
first thing on fox's agenda is gay marriages??? i think there are higher priorities than that if this is his idea of fixing ri problems dumping him should be a higher priorities we need leaders up there that are for the people
b kcaj January 03, 2013 at 03:36 AM
The previous comment was cut and pasted word for word on 10 identical Patch articles by Joe SOusa, unsuccessful candidtae for Tiverton Town Council.
Gene Chevrette January 04, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Well that may be true but what he is stating is also true


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