Representative Ken Mendonça Legislative Newsletter May 2017

Legislative Newsletter May 2017
Here are some things I have been doing since my last newsletter.

  • Attended Legislators’ Law Day and toured the state court system. Had a working lunch with RI Supreme Court Justices.  Their message was clear that their Sheriffs and courts are under staffed.
  • Participated in the annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It was a bit brisk, but it was a great day!
  • Was Speaker for the day at the rostrum facilitating a mock session for a group of future lawmakers from the Portsmouth Middle School. They debated real issues and I was impressed with their arguments.
  • Assisted several constituents to obtain their 2015 RI tax return.
  • Attended the installation ceremony of Frank Sánchez, Rhode Island College’s 10th president.
  • Attended, with fellow representatives and senators, the RI chapter of the Military Officers Association of America to discuss current and future legislation related to veterans.
  • Participated on a panel discussion on the RI legislation process with visiting officers from the Naval Command College.
  • Met with representatives from Smart Approach to Marijuana as they presented hard fact data on the Lessons Learned After 4 Years of Marijuana Legalization.
  • Attended a presentation at the Middletown Senior Center to review RI Housing grants options for low-income seniors.
  • Participated in a Veteran Affairs Informational session that was hosted by the RI Director of Veteran Affairs, Kasim Yarn.
  • Assisted several constituents whose medical coverage or food assistance benefits were adversely impacted due to UHIP.
  • Attended every Finance, Finance subcommittee and Veteran Affairs Committee meeting.
  • It is my pleasure to serve as your representative. I will keep you updated on my work on your behalf.

If you would like to discuss these or any other issues, my email address is and my 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