Raimondo's Roundup
July 17, 2015

Good afternoon,


The recent headlines from across the country regarding community-police relations are troubling. We must treat all people, regardless of their race or gender, with respect and dignity and promote fairness.


This week, I was proud to join Rep. Joseph S. Almeida, Sen. Harold Metts, and members of the community to recognize the importance of working together to make Rhode Island a place of opportunity for everyone and sign the Community-Police Relationship Act of 2015.  


Through continued collaboration, coordination, and compromise between the minority, civil rights, and the police community, Rhode Island can use this bill as a way to improve relationships and foster change.  


Together, we can grow and strengthen relationships to keep our families and neighbors safe.


Best wishes,



Supporting Working Moms and Families

Governor Raimondo knows firsthand how important it is to work in a welcoming environment when pregnant and to return to a supportive workplace after having a child. She also recognizes the value of having different perspectives in the workplace. These perspectives ultimately make our economy stronger.


For many working families, having two incomes is critical. This legislation signed by the Governor will provide peace of mind to women that they are valuable members of the workforce.


Celebrating the American Burying Beetle



Thanks to the hard work of third graders from St. Michael's Country Day School in Newport, a bill naming the American Burying Beetle Rhode Island's state insect was recently signed by the Governor.


To continue the celebration of our new state insect, Raimondo also announced a drawing competition. She is asking for kids from grades one through five to submit drawings of the beetle as a true Rhode Islander.  


Whether that is a picture of the beetle sipping on a Del's, or hanging out on the beach - how do kids imagine our new state insect truly embracing its role?  


The contest winner will have their drawing on display in the Governor's State Room. Participants can mail drawings to the Governor's office or email communications@governor.ri.gov to enter between now and Friday, August 14.


In This Issue

Dr. Ken Wagner was unanimously approved by the Rhode Island Board of Education and the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education as Rhode Island's new Education Commissioner.


The Governor spoke about how Rhode Island is uniquely qualified to be a leader in the cybersecurity sector at the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Summit .

The Governor announced a new lactation room at the State House to be open to state employees and the public.