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Patients In Need Of Medical Marijuana Speak Out Against Governor’s Proposed “Sick Tax”

Posted: Feb 11, 2016 |Category: Medical Marijuana The "War on Drugs"

Rhode Islanders who use medical marijuana to help manage chronic and debilitating medical conditions are speaking out against a proposal in Governor Gina Raimondo’s 2017 budget that would levy heavy taxes on medical marijuana plants grown by patients and caregivers.

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ACLU Calls for Privacy Safeguards to be Included in Truck Toll Proposal

Posted: Feb 10, 2016 |Category: Privacy

Following review of testimony last week before the House Finance Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today raised privacy concerns regarding the lack of information surrounding the technology that will be used to implement the proposed legislation establishing tolls on tractor-trailers traveling through the state. The ACLU urged Rhode Island lawmakers to ensure drivers’ privacy is protected in the law.

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In Response to Advocate Concerns, City of Providence Halts Enforcement of Anti-Panhandling Ordinance

Posted: Feb 09, 2016 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Free Speech Police Practices

In a major step towards reducing the criminalization of the poor in Rhode Island, the City of Providence has advised the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island that it would halt enforcement of an anti-panhandling ordinance that has led to the harassment and arrest of homeless individuals. The ACLU had called for this action in a letter delivered to Mayor Jorge Elorza two weeks ago, in which it pointed out the ordinance's dubious constitutionality and its impact on the rights of the poor and the homeless.

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ACLU Report Finds Numerous Violations of Open Meetings Act; Calls for Revisions to the Law

Posted: Feb 01, 2016 |Category: Open Government

Public meeting agendas in Rhode Island are “often vague, lacking critical information, and at times entirely unhelpful” to residents attempting to participate in their government, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found. In reviewing just one week of public meeting agendas, the ACLU of RI discovered numerous violations of a critical portion of the state’s Open Meetings Act (OMA), and recommended that the law be strengthened in order to adequately protect the public’s right to know.

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ACLU Statement On Passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the House

Posted: Jan 21, 2016 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement on the passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the Rhode Island House.

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ACLU Files Second Charge of Sex Discrimination Against Harmony Fire District

Posted: Jan 11, 2016 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Gender Discrimination Women's Rights Workplace Rights

For the second time in three months, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed a complaint of sex discrimination against the Harmony Fire District for terminating a female employee who had raised concerns that male and female firefighters were being treated differently. The ACLU filed this latest charge with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Linda Ferragamo, an EMT/firefighter at the department for more than a decade.

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Statement on the Passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the Senate

Posted: Jan 06, 2016 |Category: Criminal Justice The "War on Drugs"

The Rhode Island Medical Society, Protect Families First, and the ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement on the passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the Rhode Island Senate:

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