Friday, February 8, 2013
Proposed legislation would redefine the state's gambling age.
Friday, February 8
The following is a press release from the Rhode Island House Minority Office. State Representative Doreen Costa (R - North Kingstown, Exeter) criticized proposed legislation that would increase the legal age for gambling to 21. The proposed legislation, H-5032, would impose a fine of between $100 and $500 and suspend a driver’s license for six months for anyone under 21 found gambling or on the premises of a casino, slot parlor or facility where pari-mutual betting is permitted. Current law establishes 18 as the legal age for gambling in the state. “This legislation represents a giant step backward for young people in Rhode Island,” said Costa. “Young adults can vote at age 18 and serve in the military at 18, but now we want to prohibit …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Rep. Craven supported the measure while Rep. Costa voted against a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.
Thursday evening, the Rhode Island House of Representatives made history by passing a bill that would make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island. The measure passed 51-19. North Kingstown's two state representatives voted on opposite sides of the issue, with Rep. Doreen Costa (R – North Kingstown, Exeter) against it and Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D – North Kingstown) supporting it. Costa said she voted against the bill because of correspondence from her constituents that heavily opposed the redefinition of marriage and the passage of a law allowing same-sex marriage. "The mass amount of phone calls in opposition from my district were more than I expected," said Costa. "It was about 3-1 against it." Despite her vote, Costa said she …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The proposal to guarantee marriage rights to all Rhode Islanders now moves onto the state Senate.
Thursday, January 24
The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 51 to 19 today to allow same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island, the Legislature announced in a release. Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D – North Kingstown) voted in favor while Rep. Doreen Costa (R – North Kingstown, Exeter) voted against it. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Arthur Handy, who has introduced the bill for each of the last 11 years, said the measure is about justice and equity for same-sex couples, but is also emotional and personal for so many who have worked for years for marriage equality. “Obviously, this issue is about fairness and allowing all Rhode Islanders to have equal access to the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage, but marriage is about so much more …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rep. Doreen Costa calls for more study before DOT sells a Park and Ride to CVS.
Wednesday, January 16
The following is a press release from the Office of the House Minority Leader. Rep. Doreen Costa (R - Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) announced commuters will continue to enjoy free parking at the Park and Ride lot located at the intersection of Routes 102 and 2. The State Properties Committee Tuesday tabled an amended proposal by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation calling for the sale of the current Park and Ride without establishing an alternative location for commuters. Costa appeared before the committee’s meeting stating her opposition to the DOT proposal which called the sale of the Park and Ride without establishing a new, free commuter parking lot. “It has always been my goal to have DOT establish a new, free lot for …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Park and Ride at Route 2 and 102 may be sold to CVS.
North Kingstown state legislators are speaking out against the potential loss of one of NK’s Park and Ride lots. According to press releases from Rep. Doreen Costa, Rep. Robert Craven and Sen. James Sheehan, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is looking to sell the Park and Ride property located at the corner of Route 2 and 102. For some time, there has been a proposal before the DOT to sell the property to CVS and move the parking area a quarter-mile up the road to another plot of land on Route 2. The sale between the two parties is currently pending. According to information relayed to both Sen. Sheehan and Rep. Craven, that land is no longer considered feasible as an alternate location for the Park and Ride. “I really …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
In a session full of pomp, circumstance, family and friends, the members of the 2013-14 General Assembly convene for the first time.
Democrat Robert E. Craven was one of only 16 new members of the Rhode Island General Assembly sworn in Tuesday at the State House. Craven joined the House's 75 other members during the swearing in ceremony, which saw Rep. Gordon D. Fox retain his seat as Speaker of the House. Craven beat out Republican incumbent Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt in November elections, following a tough primary between Ehrhardt and fellow Republican Sharon Gamba. Though it will be Craven's first term in the General Assembly, he's no stranger to politics. In the 1990s, he served on the North Kingstown Town Council and was Assistant Attorney General in the 1980s. Also sworn in on the House side was Rep. Doreen Costa (R - NK, Exeter) who beat out her Democratic …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
State Rep. Doreen Costa is organizing an event to restock the North Kingstown Food Pantry's shelves.
The North Kingstown Food Pantry began this summer in the worst way possible – with completely bare and empty shelves, having to turn away needy families for the first time ever. Though the community mobilized in getting the word out and soliciting donations, the growing need for the food pantry is putting a strain on its shelves and help is still needed. After seeing the empty cupboards at the pantry, State Rep. Doreen Costa (R - North Kingstown, Exeter) has organized a food drive on July 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at Sonoma Pub in North Kingstown. "Even though North Kingstown is known as an affluent community, we still have people in need and we have to help them too." said Costa. Those looking to donate are encouraged to drop of non-…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Democrat Steve Campo announces his bid for the General Assembly.
State Rep. Doreen Costa is going to have some competition for her seat in the General Assembly. Democrat Steve Campo recently announced his candidacy for District 31, representing North Kingstown and Exeter. A local business owner (Campo created and operates Rhode Island Green – a landscape and general construction company based out of North Kingstown), he served on the North Kingstown Town Council from 2006 to 2008 and was on the board of the directors for Quonset Development Corporation during the same time. Since 2007, Campo has worked at Bryant University as an adjunct professor of business. On Saturday, Campo announced his candidacy and spoke of his time on the council, where he "worked hard to maintain a fair tax rate for North …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting North Kingstown and South County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, North Kingstown Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws closer. (Italics denote incumbents.) LOCAL STATE NATIONAL STATE QUESTIONS LOCAL QUESTIONS
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Resolution by Rep. Doreen Costa asks governor to abandon battle to keep Pleau from federal jurisdiction.
Rep. Doreen Costa (R- Dist. 31, Exeter, North Kingstown) has drafted a resolution asking Gov. Lincoln Chafee to abandon his fight to keep accused murderer Jason Pleau in state custody. Pleau has been the subject of a struggle between federal authorities and Chafee for nearly a year because he could face the death penalty in federal court. On May 10, Chafee said he intends to appeal the U.S First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling telling him to turn over Pleau to federal authorities. Costa said her resolution asks Chafee to give up the fight out of respect for the family of David Main, whom Pleau is accused of killing during a night deposit robbery at Citizen's Bank. Costa said she has more than 50 signatures in support of her measure. Sen…