Sunday, February 17, 2013
Annual Dinner also hosted keynote speaker US Chamber's David Chavern.
The Northern RI Chamber of Commerce honored Senator Roger Picard (D-Dist.20 Woonsocket, Cumberland) at its Annual Dinner at Twin River Feb. 12, presenting him with the Barbara C. Burlingame award. The Barbara C. Burlingame award was established in 2003 to recognize a Rhode Island elected official who has made outstanding contributions to the business community. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment in the public service arena. The event, which was presided over by NRI Chamber President and CEO, John C. Gregory, IOM, also featured David Chavern, Chief Operating Officer of the US Chamber of Commerce, who delivered the keynote address. “Misconceptions about …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Sen. Roger Picard one of 11 co-sponsors of measure to prevent blanket layoffs.
Last February, with the School Department's budget $2.7 million in the red, and an as-yet unrealized future deficit looming, the Woonsocket School Committee voted to lay off 700 employees. At the time, City Council Vice Chairman Dan Gendron noted the School Committee had little choice, since the deadline to send pink slips was March 1, before much of the scope of the department's fiscal troubles were known. The deadline was blamed for a similar spree of school department layoffs in Providence in 2011, and it's a situation all school districts may face during financial uncertainty. Sen. Louis P. DiPalma's (D - District 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton) new legislation would ease the annual ordeal by moving the layoff …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Rep. Spencer Dickinson says law will make city's fight a state matter.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee says a law aimed at shielding monuments from establishment clause challenges won't do that, but one of its authors says it will make Woonsocket's fight against the Freedom From Religion Foundation Rhode Island's fight, too. Now, "They've got to go after the state. They can't pick on Woonsocket," said Rep. Spencer Dickinson (District 35, South Kingstown), who helped write the law, mirrored in House and Senate bills (2012-H 8143A, 2012-S 3035aa). The legislation, which creates a "Category One Memorial Designation Commission" to label monuments for historical significance, became law yesterday without Gov. Lincoln Chafee's signature. The law's sponsors, Rep. James N. McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) and…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Measure follows 2010 murder of David Main outside Diamond Hill Road Citizen's Bank.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The RI Senate approved a bill Tuesday sponsored by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Woonsocket, Cumberland) requiring security cameras at bank night deposit boxes. According to a release from the senator's office, bill 2012-S 2072 would require all financial institutions and credit unions in the state to install and maintain cameras that record their night deposit areas. “This is a relatively simple measure that can be taken to help protect people who have to make after-hours deposits,” said Picard, “Those boxes are frequently used by managers of businesses who have to make large deposits, and any banks that haven’t already placed security cameras there to help protect them should do so.” The need for the law was brought to Picard’s attention …