Rhode Island Government Information

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Whereas the Legislative Branch makes laws, the Executive Branch enforces the laws. In this capacity, it produces different forms of information.

 

AGENCIES & DEPARTMENTS

The Governor has many departments and agencies to help perform his duties. There are literally dozens of executive and independent agencies that deal with anything from farm administration to transportation.

  • Departments Check individual departments for their documents and information online

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THE STATE BUDGET

The Governor sends his budget plan to the General Assembly, where it needs to be approved.

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Operating Budget contains information about proposed and approved budgets.

Rhode Island Budget goes back to 1934.

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EXECUTIVE ORDERS

The Governor can issue Executive Orders or Proclamations. The Governor uses orders to command government agencies or officials and proclamations to address the public.

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You can do subject searches online. The State Library's Index has records back to 1973 (Gov. Noel) and full text back to 2003.

Executive Order are numbered by year, and number of the executive order. For example, Executive Order, August 8, 2003 03-13 "Proclamation of Utility Emergency" is the 13th executive order in the year 2003.

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Executive Orders

State Library: Governor's Executive Orders Index

Consult the State Library

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COMMUNICATION IN THE JOURNAL (OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE)

The Journal of the Senate has communications, such as Governor's notes to Senate on appointments, gubernatorial vetoes, floor amendments, and bill information, such as which committee the bill was sent to and votes on approval. The Journal of the House of Representatives has communications, gubernatorial vetoes, floor amendments, and bill information, such as which committee the bill was sent to and votes on approval.

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Use the online resources for the Journal back to 1998.

The numbering system is the respective Journal, Volume, Number. For example, on page two in the Journal of the House of Representatives, Volume 132, No. 74, there is the roll call vote on the override of the Governor's veto of bill 2005 - H 6052 SUB A.

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Search The Rhode Island General Assembly Website From the Search Through dropdown menu, search in the Journals for vote. There is full-text back to 1998.

Journal of the Senate We have from 1907-2000

Journal of the House of Representatives We have from 1905-2000.

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PRESS RELEASES BY THE GOVERNOR

These are typically communication and announcement of the Governor's actions.

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Press Releases are searched by title and date.

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Press Releases

Governor Press Releases has full text press releases from 2003 onward.

Rhode Island State Library has press releases back to the mid-1980s.

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REGULATIONS

Regulations expand on laws to give them details in their execution. Agencies write up these rules.

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Each agency numbers its regulations differently.

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Regulations

Regulations Database has full-texts of all state regulations that are presently in effect.

Consult Rhode Island State Library for historical research.

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STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

Every year the Governor needs to give his State of the State address, in which he usually outlines plans for the year and summarizes the previous year.

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State of the State addresses are searched by date.

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Search The Rhode Island General Assembly Website In the dropdown menu, you can search Journals back to 1998 for the State of the State addresses.

Journal of the Senate We have from 1907-2000

Journal of the House of Representatives We have from 1905-2000.

R.I. Archives Division has Journals back to the 1800s.

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VETO

The governor can refuse to sign a bill into law. When this happens, the bill is sent back to the General Assembly where it either is approved by three-fifths of the legislators and passed into law, or it dies.

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The veto is either mentioned in the Journal of each chamber of the General Assembly, or it is printed in an appendix of the issue of the Journal. The numbering system follows that of the Journal of each chamber. You can search by the name of the bill or using the word veto.

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Governor's Veto

Search The Rhode Island General Assembly Website From the Search Through dropdown menu, search in the Journals . There is full-text back to 1998.

Journal of the Senate We have from 1907-2000

Journal of the House of Representatives We have from 1905-2000.

R.I. Archives Division has Journals back to the 1800s.

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