RI State Senate Proposed Rules Changes: Where Each Senator Stands
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Each Rhode Island State Senator was sent the following email, and invited to take a public stance against the proposed 2019-2020 Senate Rules changes. Their exact responses are recorded below, along with any other public committments or statements. Green indicates opposition to the rules as proposed; yellow indicates indefinite stance; red indicates support to the rules as proposed.
If you have information about a Senator's public position that is not listed here, please email RIforReform@gmail.com.
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Senator ___,
As you probably know, Senate Leadership released their proposed 2019-2020 rules last Thursday. The proposed rules have been amended significantly from previous years, and they now stand to eliminate many protections for individual Senators, and cause the Senate to operate similarly to - and in some cases, less accountably and transparently than - the House of Representatives. The nature and seriousness of these changes is outlined more fully in our recent public statement.
Starting at noon on Thursday, Rhode Islanders for Reform will begin maintaining a public spreadsheet outlining each of the 38 Senators' commitments against the proposed rules changes. So to that end: Will you commit to preserving the integrity of the State Senate, and voting against the proposed substantive* changes to the rules?
We thank you for your public service, and hope to maintain the open and transparent legislative framework in which you operate as a Senator.

Regards,
The Team at Rhode Islanders for Reform

*For our purposes, "substantive changes" includes all changes (most of which are outlined in our public statement) which alter the nature and behavior of the Senate in a manner that concentrates power into the control of Senate Leadership. This does not include administrative changes like dates and re-definitions of committee names, and also does not include the pro-transparency language regarding a 24-hour notice for substitutions and amendments to legislation.
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(blue if Rules Committee)
EmailPhoneCommittment (response to email)Other Public Committment
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Maryellen Goodwin
sen-goodwin@rilegislature.gov
(401) 527-7685
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2Ana Quezadasen-Quezada@rilegislature.gov
(401) 255-0345
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3Gayle Goldinsen-goldin@rilegislature.gov
(401) 455-0466
Twitter Response, 2/13/19:
"I have passed along your concerns - and my own - to @SenatorRuggerio. I heard from dozens of constituents in the past few days and I hope they all come to @RISenate to share their opposition when the bill is heard."
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Dominick Ruggerio
sen-ruggerio@rilegislature.gov
(401) 474-6496
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5Sam Bellsen-bell@rilegislature.gov
(401) 680-0725
"I will certainly be voting against these outrageous rules changes! Thank you for the work you do for our state!"
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6Harold Mettssen-metts@rilegislature.gov
(401) 419-2858
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7Frank Cicconesen-ciccone@rilegislature.gov
(401) 275-0949
"Please identify your officers and your mission statement. I am not aware of your group"
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8Sandra Canosen-cano@rilegislature.gov
(401) 374-2036
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9Adam Satchellsen-satchell@rilegislature.gov
(401) 615-5170
"I am against the rules that have been proposed and would vote against the legislation in its current form."
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10Walter Felagsen-felag@rilegislature.gov
(401) 832-5159
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11Jim Seveneysen-Seveney@rilegislature.gov
(401) 626-7227
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12Louis DiPalmasen-dipalma@rilegislature.gov
(401) 847-8540
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13Dawn Euersen-euer@rilegislature.gov
(401) 264-0680
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14Val Lawsonsen-lawson@rilegislature.gov
(401) 316-5666
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Donna Nesselbush
sen-nesselbush@rilegislature.gov
(401) 728-3244
"Please count me as a no vote for any changes that take power away from individual Senators, further concentrating power at the top and decreasing democracy. I also believe The Senate rules should address the problem of sexual harassment. I will be offering amendments on point."
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16Elizabeth Crowleysen-crowley@rilegislature.gov
(401) 725-8526
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17Thomas Paolinosen-Paolino@rilegislature.gov
(401) 749-6120
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18William Conleysen-conley@rilegislature.gov
(401) 438-1924
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19Ryan Pearsonsen-pearson@rilegislature.gov
(401) 744-5558
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20Roger Picardsen-picard@rilegislature.gov(401)769-4902
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21Gordon Rogerssen-rogers@rilegislature.gov
(401) 255-6357
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Steve Archambault
sen-archambault@rilegislature.gov
(401) 340-0140
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Jessica De La Cruz
sen-delacruz@rilegislature.gov
(401) 499-7184
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24Melissa Murraysen-murray@rilegislature.gov
(401) 327-0615
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25Frank Lombardosen-lombardo@rilegislature.gov
(401) 524-8383
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26Frank Lombardisen-lombardi@rilegislature.gov
(401) 447-9441
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27Hanna Gallosen-gallo@rilegislature.gov
(401) 942-8566
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28Josh Millersen-miller@rilegislature.gov
(401)-461-8689
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Michael McCaffrey
sen-mccaffrey@rilegislature.gov
(401) 739-7576
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30Mark McKenneysen-mckenney@rilegislature.gov
(401) 578-6258
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31Erin Lynch Prata
sen-lynchprata@rilegislature.gov
(401) 737-4200
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32Cynthia Coynesen-coyne@rilegislature.gov
(401) 245-4005
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Leonidas Raptakis
sen-raptakis@rilegislature.gov
(401) 397-2720
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34Elaine Morgansen-morgan@rilegislature.gov
(401) 744-0505
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35Bridget Valverdesen-valverde@rilegislature.gov-Interview on The Public's Radio, 2/15/19:
"I've heard from many of my constituents, who do worry that it will lessen my ability to represent them in the Senate. I am happy about one of the proposed rules changes - the 24 hour rule for amended bills before the come to a vote on the floor. Some of the other rules...I would remind people that we have a hearing process that we go through. That all of these concerns [will] be raised by the public and by other Senators. And I encourage people listening - that if they do have concerns about it - they should let their senators know. [And] they should come to the state house - it is the peoples' house - they should feel free to come and testify in person and offer written testimony on the rules.
People are concerned that if you speak out, if you have a dissenting voice, you might be removed from one of your committees. So I think there is middle ground between not being able to remove a Senator from a committee and one person having the sole authority to do so."
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36James Sheehansen-sheehan@rilegislature.gov
(401) 885-1988
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37Sue Sosnowskisen-sosnowski@rilegislature.gov
(401) 783-7704
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38Dennis Algieresen-algiere@rilegislature.gov
(401) 222-2708
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