Legislative News Letter

Legislative News Letter

This is the first in a series of newsletters I will post on this website to keep you updated on issues important to the state and especially to those of us in the 72nd District. Here are some of the things I have been doing since taking office this January.

  • Attended the new legislator orientation training session and was sworn in a week later.
  • Attended the Middletown, Newport and Portsmouth council and school committee swearing in ceremonies. Each ceremony had its own pomp and circumstance to reflect each town’s distinct culture.  (It may have been the first time I’ve been in the Roger’s High School Auditorium since I graduated a “few” years ago.)
  • Participated in a tour of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) and its properties. QDC is running out of land to accommodate largescale tenants.  It’s a good problem to have and they are working on solutions.  The QDC is a Rhode Island success story.
  • Attended the Preservation Society of Newport County legislator’s breakfast. It was amazing to hear that they broke the 1 million attendance mark in 2016 for the first time.
  • Capitol Spotlights Interview with Margie O’Brien Capitol Spotlight with Ken Mendonça
  • The Veteran’s Affairs Committee received the latest update on the new veteran’s home in Bristol. The design is apartment style living in lieu of traditional hospital style, which makes it look and feel more like a real home for our veterans.  The construction is on-schedule and on-budget to open in the fall.  There are potential operating cost increases with the new facility that we’ll have to monitor.
  • Attended several House Finance Committee sessions where we heard testimony from the Raimondo Administration and the public regarding budget articles related to wage increases for health care workers, minimum wage increases for Rhode Islanders and increased fines for businesses that violate labor reporting laws, just to mention a few.
  • Met with various organizations at the State House as they hold meet and greet sessions to bring legislator’s up to speed on legislation that is important to their organization. It was nice to be reacquainted with a few of my high school educators at the AARP meet and greet.
  • Attended a get-acquainted meeting with Governor Raimondo. I made my pitch how critically important it is for the executive and legislative branches to work urgently and cooperatively to improve this state’s economy to create badly needed jobs for Rhode Islanders.
  • Attended a meet and greet with General Treasurer Magaziner. He mentioned that he was going to be meeting with Raytheon and the Naval War College the next day.  I then took the opportunity to mention how underappreciated the navy’s economic impact to the state is and then gave him a stump speech.  He agreed.
  • More to come.

If you would like to discuss these or any other issues, my email address is kmendonca@rilegislature.gov and phone number is (401) 682-1967.  I will make every attempt to return your messages as soon as possible.

Ken Mendonça

House of Representatives

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

District 72 – Portsmouth and Middletown

Member House Committee on Finance

Member House Finance Subcommittee on General Government

Member House Finance Subcommittee on Environment/Transportation

Member House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

State House – Room 106

Smith Street

Providence, RI 02903