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Statements on the General Assembly’s Inaction on Good Samaritan Legislation

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

The R.I. Medical Society, the ACLU of Rhode Island, and Protect Families First issued the following statements today in response to the General Assembly’s failure to pass legislation that would continue to provide Good Samaritan protection to individuals calling 911 in overdose emergencies.

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ACLU Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Hotels Sharing Guest Lists With Police

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 |Category: Privacy

Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that establishments like Motel 6 have a constitutional right to keep their guest registries confidential in the absence of the use of a formal legal process by police or exigent circumstances.

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Medical Professionals, Advocates Urge Gov., Health Officials To Push For Expanded Good Samaritan Law

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

As Gov. Raimondo and top state health officials meet to address problem of overdose, doctors and public health experts say more immunity needed in Good Samaritan law to save lives.

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Doctors, Public Health Experts, Advocates: “Expanding Good Samaritan Law Critical to Saving Lives

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

Expressing concern that “lives are on the line,” nineteen local medical professional associations and dozens of public health experts and activists are urging the Rhode Island House of Representatives to expand the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act’s immunity to include more charges and provide protection for people on parole and/or probation in order to save more lives.

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Statement from ACCESS/RI Regarding Open Records Complaint Findings

Posted: Jun 15, 2015 |Category: Open Government

Late last Friday, the Attorney General’s office issued opinions on ACCESS/RI complaints against 14 state and municipal agencies for violating the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA), finding that 12 of the 14 agencies had violated the law.

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RI Schools Over-Suspend Students With Disabilities, ACLU Report Finds

Posted: Jun 04, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Youth Rights

Students with disabilities across Rhode Island are suspended from school at rates more than twice as high, on average, as their representation in the student body, an ACLU of Rhode Island report has found. These disproportionate suspension rates, like those that impact racial minorities, begin in the earliest grades, and are often for low-risk behavioral issues that could be addressed in other ways. During the 2013-2014 school year, every school district in Rhode Island and all but two charter schools over-suspended students with disabilities.

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Community Organizations File Formal Petition To Amend Graduation Regulations

Posted: Jun 02, 2015 |Category: Students' Rights

A coalition of 12 organizations representing youth, parents, the disability community, and civil rights activists today filed a formal petition with the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education to initiate a public rule-making process to bar school districts from using high-stakes testing as a graduation requirement or grading tool before 2020.

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