Thursday, April 4, 2013
Rep. Gallison says the Turnpike and Bridge Authority should give the public more chances to oppose bridge tolls.
Rep. Raymond Gallison (D-Dist. 69, Bristol and Portsmouth) says the fight against bridge tolls is "certainly not over" and more workshops should be held. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will hold two bridge toll workshops this Saturday at the Roger Williams University Conference Center. The first workshop is scheduled from 9 am to noon. The second workshop will be held from 1 to 3 pm. Gallison released the following statement on Wednesday in response to the workshops being scheduled. Chairman Dalington can say that Saturday's workshops may be the only opportunity for East Bay, Aquidneck Island and Southcoast residents to comment on the toll rates but he doesn't set the policies and laws for the State of Rhode Island …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Local Rep. Raymond Gallison proposed ignition locks for those convicted of DUI-related offenses.
Gallison proposes ignition locks: Rep. Raymond Gallison (D-Bristol, Portsmouth) sponsored the House version of a bill that would allow judges to order ignition locks for drivers convicted of DUI and alcohol-related offenses. Gallison's bill was one of several aimed at reducing DUI and related accidents. Legislation introduced to prohibit sale of ‘e-cigarettes’ to minors Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) has introduced legislation (2013-S 0622) to prohibit the sale of “e-cigarettes” to minors. Electronic cigarettes, which look like the real thing, are battery-powered nicotine delivery systems, heating a nicotine liquid and delivering it to a user in vapor form. The bill would expand the…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis highlighted the Bristol and Warren lawmakers' adherence to the state law governing legislative hearings.
Tuesday, February 5
Two legislators who represent Bristol and Warren earned the top score of 100 percent in adhering to the state Open Meetings Law, Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis announced on Tuesday. Committees chaired by Sen. Walter Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Bristol, Tiverton, Warren) and state Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) complied with the law in every case reviewed, Mollis said in a statement noted the release of his "Access 2012" report. “Accountability is a crucial gauge of government’s willingness to keep the public informed about its work,” said Mollis. Felag, who chairs the Senate Special Legislation and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, scored 100 percent for the second straight year. “It has always been my…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Bristol state Representative sent an email to Bristol County Water Authority asking the board to reschedule tonight's meeting in Warren.
State Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Dist. 69) on Wednesday asked the Bristol County Water Authority to reschedule tonight's 6 pm meeting at Warren Town Hall, the second of three public hearings on proposed water rate hikes — and as of 2:30 pm today, the meeting looked likely to go on as planned. In an email sent on Jan. 2, Gallison asked BCWA Director Pamela Marchand to consider moving the meeting into February because Bristol customers would not have received notice of the session until today's publication of The Bristol Phoenix. [Bristol-Warren Patch posted an announcement of the meeting on Wednesday morning.] "Clearly, this is not enough time for Bristol ratepayers to be properly notified of this hearing, along with the specifics of…
Monday, September 24, 2012
The local state representative sponsored two bills in the General Assembly to help deployed veterans.
The federal Department of Defense honored local state Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. this week, thanking him for two bills in the RI General Assembly that assist members of the armed forces and their families. Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, sent Gallison (D-Bristol, Portsmouth) a letter and certificate praising his sponsorship of two new laws to help deployed veterans vote and to help accelerate child-custody hearings. The first bill (2012-H 7100A) put Rhode Island’s elections laws into compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, aiintended to help deployed military members and others abroad to register and vote. The other bill (2012-H…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A Letter to the Editor from Rep. Raymond Gallison.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
This letter is in response to a previous Letter to the Editor, A National Popular Vote Would Make Every Vote Count, submitted by Rep. Raymond Gallison. “This is unconstitutional” “This is the wrong way. We should have a Constitutional amendment” “This hurts small states” “Elections would be controlled by big cities” “The current system forces candidates reach out to all states” “It is rare that the popular vote winner loses” “The winner could win with a tiny percentage of the vote” “This encourages extremist candidates” “’Faithless electors’ will be a problem” “This undermines federalism.” “Campaign spending will skyrocket” “We are republic not a democracy” “This will result in mob rule” “This would produce a recount nightmare” “All …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Letter to the Editor from Rep. Raymond Gallison Jr., and Sen. Erin Lynch.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Under the current system of electing the President, Rhode Island is ignored. In 2008, both the Democratic and Republican candidates concentrated two-thirds of their campaign events and money in just six states, and 98% in just 15 states. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the states, including Rhode Island and almost every small state, received zero attention from presidential campaigns. The problem has nothing to do with being big or small, or red or blue. Nor is it the Electoral College or the Constitution that forces presidential candidates to ignore most of the country in this way. The problem is the winner-take-all state law that awards all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most votes in the state. Because of the …