RI State Senator Lou Raptakis (District 33, Coventry, E Greenwich, & W Greenwich) joined ABC's "In the Arena" Paolino Properties - Joe Paolino in discussing legislative efforts to raise awareness about:
“Drunk drivers, especially repeat offenders and especially those whose irresponsible actions cause harm to others, should not be on the road, period,” said Senator Raptakis. “I don’t care how remorseful they seem when they appear before a judge. The punishment for this type of reckless disregard for the welfare of others needs to be much tougher. Until it is, drunks are going keep getting behind the wheel and the mayhem on our roads will continue.”
Senator Raptakis points to the recent local story of a man who was arrested twice for driving under the influence in an 18-hour span. He has introduced these bills several times in the past and he believes that Rhode Island can no longer afford to wait to pass these important public safety bills.
The first bill (2020-S 2259) sponsored by Senator Raptakis would increase the penalties for those convicted of driving under the influence resulting in death and driving under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury.
The second piece of legislation (2020-S 2282) would increase from 5 years to 10 years the period in which prior DUI convictions qualify a person for increased penalties for subsequent convictions.
"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
"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
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“What they’ve done is they’ve just opened up this whole issue to a third party and a third party took advantage of a loophole," said Sen. Lou Raptakis, a Democrat that represents District 33. Raptakis was forwarded the flyer from one of his constituents. He said he wouldn't campaign that way, and the whole idea of it is just plain wrong. “Politics has no place in public education," he said. Read more at: NBC 10 RI.
Raptakis says he’s noticed several of his campaign signs have gone missing, which led him to do some digging. Two separate incidents, caught on camera, show Copley removing Raptakis' campaign signs at two different gas stations: A Sunoco Gas Station off of Exit 6 and a Mobile Gas Station off of exit 7 on I-95 South in West Greenwich..." Read original story and view actual stolen sign video at: NBC 10 RI
Lou Raptakis, State Senator in Rhode Island's district #33 (Coventry, East & West Greenwich). Like Lou on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lou.raptakis