Rhode Island

Located in the New England Region, Rhode Island is the smallest US state by area, at approximately 1200 sq miles, and the eighth least populous state with nearly 1.1 million residents. It is the final of the original 13 Colonies and was admitted into the union on May 29, 1790. The state’s official name, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is the longest named-state in the US. Providence is both the state capital and most populous city in the state.

Rhode island contributes 4 electoral votes during Presidential elections. In terms of the state's politics, it has recently abolished capital punishment, making it the 19th state in the union to do so. The state was the 3rd in the union to legalize use of medicinal marijuana in 2011, and also passed a bill to allow for civil unions in 2011. It was also the 8th state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013. The state has one of the highest tax rates in the US, with the 7th highest property tax, and 6th highest real-estate tax rates respectively.

 

With a colonial base in fishing, the state’s economy heavily relies on coastal activities. Fishing, trade/embargo, and import industries are highly profitable. The state also thrives in the industries of textiles, healthcare and education, and manufacturing. Several Fortune 500 companies are based in the state including Hasboro, CVS, Citizens Financial Group, and Gtech Corporation, among others. Many prominent universities including Brown University, Johnson and Wales, New England Institute of Technology, and University of Rhode Island are present in the state.

The state government of Rhode Island is broken into three branches: the executive, judicial and legislative branch.

  • The legislative branch is the Rhode Island General Assembly, broken into a House of Representatives and a Senate, with 75 representatives total.
  • The executive branch features several elected positions, including a Governor, a Lieutenant Governor, a Secretary of State, a General Treasurer and an Attorney General.  The Governor has the power to appoint a variety of officers who act as Commissioners and Directors, and even a Sheriff that has statewide jurisdiction.  The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected on separate tickets, with the Lieutenant Governor as largely a ceremonial position.
  • The judicial branch of Rhode Island has a Superior Court, a Family Court, a District Court, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Additionally, there are courts with special, limited jurisdiction like the Workers’ Compensation Court and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

Employment law, medical marijuana legislation, same-sex marriage, and federal and state government agency news, are among the leading stories and news-coverage provided to visitors of the National Law Review website. Visitors can also find coverage of data breach and cybersecurity legislation, minimum wage laws, paid-sick leave, disability-law protections, and other regional news from the state of Rhode Island online.

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Feb
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Jan
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18
Dec
The Investment Tax Credit for Offshore Wind Projects: A Second Look at the Proposed Regulations under Section 48 Bracewell LLP
11
Dec
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Dec
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Nov
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Nov
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Oct
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Oct
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Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 17, 2023 (For the week ending October 15, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
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Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 10, 2023 (For the Week Ending October 8, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
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Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 3, 2023 (For the week ending October 1, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
2
Oct
New Technical Assistance Resources: If You Are Not Shovel Ready, Here’s How to Start the Process Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
27
Sep
New England State Consumer Data Privacy Bills Currently Under Consideration Pierce Atwood LLP
26
Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: September 26, 2023 (For the week ending September 24, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
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Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert September 18, 2023 (For the week ending September 17, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
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Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert September 11, 2023 (For the week ending September 10, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
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Sep
New England Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Class Action Filings Soar in 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
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Sep
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert September 7, 2023 (For the week ending September 3, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
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Aug
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert August 28, 2023 (For the week ending August 27, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
8
Aug
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert Week Ending August 6 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
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Jul
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert (For the week ending July 23, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
18
Jul
Rhode Island’s 2023 Legislative Session Ends with the Passage and Defeat of Significant Employment Proposals Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
17
Jul
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - Week of July 17, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
7
Jul
Rhode Island Data Breach Law Amended with Significant Changes Robinson & Cole LLP
3
Jul
Rhode Island Affirms The Principle That Sureties Must be Provided Notice of Default Before They Can be Held Liable for Principal’s Default Robinson & Cole LLP
1
Jul
Rhode Island Governor Signs Ban on Nondisclosure, Non-Disparagement Agreements Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
30
Jun
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: June 26, 2023 (For the week ending June 25, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
27
Jun
Trending in Telehealth: June 13 – 21, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
26
Jun
Rhode Island Nondisclosure Agreements Bill Moves to Governor; Senate Passes New Noncompete Ban Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
23
Jun
Rhode Island State LIHTC: Another Step Towards Affordable Housing Polsinelli PC
22
Jun
Pay Transparency Remains in Vogue This Legislative Session – Part 1: Salary Range Disclosures Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
30
May
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert May 30, 2023 (For the week ending May 28, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
26
May
Rhode Island PFAS Lawsuit The Latest State Action CMBG3 Law
16
May
Enforcing U.S. Consumer Data Privacy Laws Part 2: State Attorney General Enforcement Pierce Atwood LLP
4
May
New England and First Circuit Class Action Filing Trends Pierce Atwood LLP
1
May
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert May 1 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
24
Apr
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: April 24 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
20
Apr
New Global Initiatives Push for the “Right to Repair” Consumer Goods Beveridge & Diamond PC
17
Apr
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: April 17 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Apr
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: April 11, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
7
Apr
Rhode Island Businesses Could Soon Receive Tax Relief Pierce Atwood LLP
27
Mar
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: March 27 Pierce Atwood LLP
8
Mar
A Prevailing Party Provision Should Define What It Means to Prevail Robinson & Cole LLP
28
Feb
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert February 28, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
20
Feb
States Continue to Target Restrictive Covenants Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
20
Feb
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: February 20, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
14
Feb
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert: February 14, 2023 Pierce Atwood LLP
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Feb
The Push for Pay Transparency: New Laws in 2023 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
 

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