Bill Passed (S 2181 Sub A) to Protect Johnson's Pond in Coventry Heading to Governor's Desk:
"The bill requires dam owners across Rhode Island to get permission to raise or lower water levels, or face a $60,000 fine per day." Read All About It by Jimmy Bentley (Patch Staff Reporter) and View the Live Video on Capital TV.
Assembly Passes Rep. McEntee and Sen. Raptakis’ Child Endangerment Bill
RI STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE – The General Assembly passed Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee and Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis’ legislation (2022-H 7807, 2022-S 2808) which would establish felony penalties for guardians convicted of child endangerment... “Any parent or guardian who willingly ignores their duty to protect the children in their care deserves to be punished for risking the health and safety of the child. Too often, tragedies occur and the neglectful parent or guardian suffers a slap on the wrist, if any punishment at all. The legislation will also allow law enforcement officers to hold habitual offenders accountable for leaving children unattended in cars for long periods of time, hopefully protecting more kids in the state from abuse, neglect or endangerment,” said Senator Raptakis (D-Dist. 33). For more information, contact: Andrew Caruolo, Publicist, (401)222-6124
Providence Journal: "The Biden administration's response to Russia's unprovoked Invasion of Ukraine has been dominated by a series of escalating sanctions which have damaged the Russian economy but not reduced Vladimir Putin's appetite for raining death and destruction upon a country whose very existence he has questioned... What can the Biden administration and its European allies do In the face of this act of grand theft in plain sight? It can Immediately begin to transition from a focus on sanctions to one that centers on reparations." Read the full guest column by State Senator Lou Raptakis - view it here.
COVENTRY, RI – WPRI Local News: The ongoing dispute between the owners of a Coventry pond and the residents who live around it has made its way to the R.I. State House. Johnson’s Pond has been a point of contention for residents since it was purchased by Soscia Holdings, LLC - last year… In an effort to intervene, Senator Lou Raptakis introduced a bill that would give the town control of the water levels.
Raptakis said Soscia Holdings is “taking drastic actions to manipulate water levels as a means of punishing residents who dare to complain about the company’s actions.”
“They’ve sought to limit residents’ access to the area by putting up gates, called the police to try to stop people from enjoying the pond, filed frivolous suits and even threatened to turn the pond into a solar panel farm,” Raptakis said. “There’s not a wetlands area this company wouldn’t trash if it meant putting money in their pockets.” Read the full article posted by: Sarah Doiron and Anita Baffoni - Click/Tap Here
March 6, 2022: RI State Senator Lou Raptakis with fellow Southern New Englanders are seen showing their support for Ukraine as the war with Russia continues. Ukrainian-American community members gathered in Woonsocket to raise money for Ukraine and call for an end to the violence. The rally took place on the steps of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Article by Gabrielle Caracciolo, NBC 10 NEWS
COVENTRY, RI (WJAR) ...State Senator Lou Raptakis, has suggested- "The General Assembly could be helpful in solving a growing rift between the pond's new owners and the town. ...People use the pond for fishing, boating, recreation, it's part of Coventry. To have some developer come there and try to use this as a money grab is absolutely unacceptable." Read the full, original, article at 10WJAR.
From the recent East Greenwich News community stories published on their website.
STATE HOUSE – "With a change in leadership in the Governor’s office, there has been considerable discussion about the priorities and procedures for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. State Senator Lou Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) is calling for an online registration process for vaccinations for the general public, similar to what was done with COVID-19 testing in the state, where there was an online portal on the RI Department of Health website to schedule testing." Read the full press release- click/tap here.
State Senator Raptakis in Rhode Island's district #33 (Coventry, East & West Greenwich). Please like the Senator on Facebook.