"STATE HOUSE – Legislation (2019-S 0201A / 2019-H 5798A) sponsored by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa that caps the interest rates charged by the town of Coventry to ratepayers for the town’s sewer project has become law after its passage by the General Assembly.
“These bills have given relief to the sewer rate payers directly, and to the taxpayers indirectly, of the town of Coventry in the thousands of dollars by capping the interest rate to the same rate as borrowed from the town and only a small fraction for administrative costs,” said Senator Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich)." Read full press release at: State of RI General Assemble News.
Rhode Island State Senator Lou Raptakis discusses, on live TV, the RI abortion bill that was transferred to the Health and Human Services Committee. Click/tap on graphic to play this impactful Dan Yorke show.
EAST PROVIDENCE, RI: Senator Lou Raptakis (representing Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich) sat down with Dan Yorke to discuss his no vote on the abortion rights bill. Credit WNAC
“Pro-choice activists aren’t giving up hope to pass an abortion-rights bill this session after a Senate committee struck it down on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, leaving pro-lifers cheering.” (WJAR)
Raptakis said women who want to get an abortion in Rhode Island can still do so. He doesn't think there's any urgency to pass the bill. “If there's a fear with the Supreme Court happening, we've got time,” said Raptakis. “We're coming back in six months.” See the full coverage at: WJAR
State Senator Raptakis Highlights Completion of Auditor General’s Report on the “Troubled” Coventry Sewer Project
"STATE HOUSE – Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) are highlighting the release of Auditor General Dennis Hoyle’s report on the long-troubled Coventry sewer program and the high costs being levied on Coventry’s taxpayers. The Auditor General completed the report at the request of Senator Raptakis, Representative Serpa, and other members of the Coventry delegation in the General Assembly.
The report lays out a detailed analysis of the operations and implementation of the controversial sewer project and offers several recommendations to rectify concerns about the program, as well as, recommendations to ensure the project’s short-term and long-term financial viability and success." Read full report... Click/tap here.
"Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis, D-Coventry, will be reintroducing legislation that ties any future increase in the hourly minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index of the Northeast Region. Senator Raptakis introduced the same bill (2018-S 2246) last session." See the full story at NewportRI.com. The Newport Daily News is owned by GateHouse Media
02/01/19 GoLocal Live: "Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas “Lou” Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich) is reintroducing legislation that ties any future increase in the hourly minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index of the Northeast Region.
Raptakis, who introduced the same bill (2018-S 2246) last legislative session, joined GoLocalProv News Editor Kate Nagle at the Rhode Island State House on GoLocal LIVE.
“This proposal will provide wage raises that are needed by individuals earning minimum wage while ensuring that businesses are not overburdened with a dramatic increase that would cause financial hardship for our small businesses,” said Raptakis.
Raptakis also spoke to his support for legislation for a line item veto and an inspector general — and his opposition to Governor Gina Raimondo’s plan to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island in her Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal."
01/28/2019 the Newport Buzz reports: Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich) will be reintroducing legislation that ties any future increase in the hourly minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of the Northeast Region. Senator Raptakis introduced the same bill (2018-S 2246) last session. Read and Link to: Details on tying minimum wage increases to CPI reintroduced by State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis.
We’ve had another great victory in Rhode Island for Senate District 33 and it means I will continue to keep fighting for my constituents and being a strong voice to promote our issues statewide, regionally, and nationally.
It’s an honor to one again serve the people of my district, to bring a small business owner’s perspective to the State House, striving to create a strong climate for economic growth and entrepreneurial activity. Fighting for open, honest, and transparent government is never easy, as entrenched special interests don’t like to have the system challenged when they can get what they want making backroom deals and operating in the shadows.
That’s why your support has made a world of difference and I look forward to continuing to get things done and make a difference in the new legislative session. Thank you for your friendship and for once again helping to make this important victory possible.
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Lou Raptakis, State Senator in Rhode Island's district #33 (Coventry, East & West Greenwich). Like Lou on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lou.raptakis