Giannini: What’s in? What’s out this week?

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What’s In

Schools Out For Summer – Earlier This Year

The RI Department of Education has given a waiver to 25 schools to fall one or two days short of the 180 day school requirement for the 2017-2018 school  year. Permission was granted because of power failures and broken water lines which happened during the school year. Fourteen other requests are still pending. These waivers are not given for snow days but only for power outages and incidents of pipes bursting.

Cash Cam Lawsuit

A Federal judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order stopping the use of speed cameras in Providence.

The class-action suit requested the restraining order on Tuesday in Federal court.  The suit claims the City if Providence failed to provide motorists due process protections and that the fines are illegal. Stay tuned as this case continues to go through the court system. Changes are bound to happen to the newest “ candid camera” fiasco in Providence.

Gun bills pass House Judiciary Committee

The RI House Judiciary Committee voted this week to pass  stricter gun laws that would create a “red flag”policy and ban bump stocks in the state. Despite a huge turnout from NRA members who lobbied against these gun bills, the bills were passed. Also lobbying for the bills were anti gun activists who also were there for the vote. It looks like these bills are assured passage as they proceed to the full House chamber for a vote.

What’s Out

Backpage.com Shut Down.

Alleluia! US law enforcement agencies have seized the sex market place website backpage.com as part of an enforcement action to stop their sex advertising.

Supporters and activists of  bans on Human Trafficking sex trafficking and forced prostitution have been calling for this action for years! This site has been responsible for the sexual exploitation of young children and teens! It’s about time… Let’s finally make a dent in this scourge on society!

Speaker Of the House Paul Ryan Out

He’s done. He’s had enough!

Speaker Paul Ryan cites wanting to spend more time with his family as a reason for not running for re-Election this year. Anyone who has been in office know how time consuming it can be. And Ryan admits he never really wanted the job of Speaker of the House anyway. (That’s hard to believe). While his colleagues scramble to succeed him, expect chaos and turbulent times in the United States House of Representative.

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at Pt3270@yahoo.com
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