Senate passes two bills governing unpaid wages

March 31, 2016

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Senate passed two pieces of legislation Thursday designed to curtail the theft of wages from employees by unscrupulous employers. The measures offer employees improved methods for collecting unpaid wages.

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Edith H. Ajello and Donna M. Nesselbush: Your cellphone location should be protected

March 18, 2016

Our privacy is compromised by something we likely have with us right now. Our cellphones broadcast our location without pause, and without protection.

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Sen. Nesselbush opens new CrossFit to ‘unstoppable’ energy

March 8, 2016

PAWTUCKET – The early energy at the new Industrial Revolution CrossFit gym at 154 Smithfield Ave. is unlike anything she’s seen, says Donna Nesselbush, and the vibe is enough to convince her that this new venture will be a success.

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International Women’s Day in RI: Shining a light on gender inequalities

March 8, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sasha Floru, 13, is part of the math team at Lincoln School. Her team made it to the national competition last week, something she was very excited to share while tinkering with gears and pegs in class Tuesday.

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Whitehouse and Langevin Fighting to Protect Social Security Disability Benefits

March 25, 2015

Providence, RI – Today U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin held a roundtable discussion at Community Action Partnership of Providence to hear about the need to protect the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Whitehouse and Langevin were joined by State Senator Donna Nesselbush, a leading disability attorney and advocate in the state, as well as SSDI recipients, disability groups, representatives from the Social Security Administration, and Melissa Husband, Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Providence.

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GMO food labeling lets Rhode Islanders decide

Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush Op-ed

I don’t know about you, but I like “choice,” and so do an increasing number of Rhode Islanders who care deeply about what they eat. Whether it is parents looking for the best food for their children or our top chefs interested in the freshest ingredients, “buy local” appears to be gaining traction.  Great organizations like Farm Fresh RI and the RI Food Policy Council are working to make local food sources more prevalent, more sustainable and more affordable.  We are proud of our reputation as a leader in this area.

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Sen. Nesselbush calls for labeling of genetically modified products

March 12, 2015

STATE HOUSE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about 70 percent of the processed food products sold in supermarkets contain genetically modified ingredients (referred to as GMOs, for genetically modified organisms) and a higher percentage of corn, soy and peanuts are genetically modified. A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, pesticide or bacteria. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature and is experimental and the definition does not include so-called hybridization of plants.

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General Assembly honors women in the military during celebration at State House

March 5, 2015

STATE HOUSE – When Deborah Sampson of Massachusetts decided to enlist in the Continental Army to fight for the American cause in the Revolutionary War in 1778, she had to disguise herself as a man. She even dug a musket ball out of her own thigh after a battle near Tarrytown, N.Y., to protect her secret.

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Pawtucket Hall of Fame Names Nesselbush As “Person of the Year”

Published on GoLocal Prov, September 30, 2014

Three City residents, Joan Crawley, former Director of the Pawtucket Leon Mathieu Senior Center, the late Kathleen Magill, a former Pawtucket City Councilor, and Miriam R. Plitt, President of the City’s Commission on Arts & Culture, will be inducted next month into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame. Philanthropist Elizabeth Higginson Weeden is this year’s historical inductee. All have made a significant impact on the City of Pawtucket.

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R.I.’s same-sex marriage law nears its first anniversary

Published in Providence Journal, July 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In the entryway of state Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush and Kelly Carse’s blue Colonial home is a scrapbook with carefully cut-out news articles, passionate testimonials and a signed copy of the law that made Rhode Island the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Happily Ever After

Published in Providence Monthly, July 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE – On May 2, 2013, the tiniest state in the nation took an enormous step forward when Governor Chafee signed the marriage equality bill into law, allowing gay couples to legally tie the knot beginning on August 1 of that same year. For the past 12 months, we in Rhode Island have proudly chosen to celebrate love and promote equality: Cheers to the first anniversary of same-sex marriage in the Ocean State.

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Sen. Nesselbush participates in Cox Scholarship event

Shea senior Laura Parra among award recipients

June 5, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) was pleased to participate in the 2014 Cox Scholarship Awards Program which took place at the State House on Thursday, June 5. Cox Communications awarded eight high school students scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. Since 1994, Cox Communications has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education in telecommunications, engineering, technology or a communication related field.

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Nesselbush delivers grants to Mixed Magic, sports organizations

May 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET – State Sen. Donna Nesselbush, of District 15 in Pawtucket and North Providence, has delivered checks to the Mixed Magic Theatre, Fairlawn Little League and the Fairlawn Cardinals youth football league as part of the General Assembly’s legislative grant program.

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Social Security Disability: Q&A with Senator Donna Nesselbush

May 2014

Elected in 2010, state Sen. Donna Nesselbush has lived in Pawtucket for over 25 years, where she also serves as a municipal court traffic and housing judge.  She has devoted her career to helping others, which she describes as her “reason for being.”

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Donna M. Nesselbush: On voting to “hold” master lever bill

April 17, 2014

As someone who ran for office to serve the people of Pawtucket and the people of Rhode Island, I want to clarify my position on the master lever: Though I voted to hold the bill abolishing it for further study rather than send it to the Senate floor for a vote, I personally believe we should abolish the master lever. That’s why I am a co-sponsor of the bill of Sen. David Bates (R-Barrington) that would do just that.

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Coming to Terms with Coming Out

March-April 2014

A Personal Story from Senator Donna Nesselbush — March-April 2014 issue of the PFLAG Newsletter

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Capt. Kelley among female officers honored at State House

March 11, 2014

HONOREES: Captain Christine Kelley of Warwick Police Deparment was one of 25 female police officers honored during the second Annual International Women’s Day Celebration last week, an event co-hosted by Senator Donna Nesselbush. Former Attorney General Arlene Violet was also honored for her accomplishments.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: General Assembly will celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow

March 5, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Putting a spotlight on the smart, driven women of Rhode Island, Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) and House Speaker Pro Tempore Elaine A. Coderre (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) are proudly hosting a state celebration of the United Nations-recognized International Women’s Day.

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Donna Nesselbush: 13 Who Made a Difference in RI in 2013

December 26, 2013

What a difference a year makes.

This time last year, marriage equality was the issue to watch in 2013 — would it finally be the year that Rhode Island made same sex marriage a reality?


Nesselbush stands with same-sex couples for first day of marriage law

July 31, 2013

STATE HOUSE – Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) will be present at Pawtucket City Hall tomorrow for the issuance of the city’s first same-sex marriage licenses. In her capacity as chief judge of the Pawtucket Municipal Court, Judge Nesselbush will be officiating at least one marriage ceremony, scheduled to take place tomorrow at Pawtucket City Hall.

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Governor grants approval of Mortgage Conciliation Act

July 17, 2013

STATE HOUSE – Signed into law this week was the Mortgage Conciliation Act, which requires banks and lenders to make a good-faith attempt to negotiate with homeowners before foreclosing on homes in Rhode Island.

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Governor signs bills helping state track down delinquent child support payments

July 12, 2013

STATE HOUSE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has signed legislation into law that allows the Office of Child Support Services to require cell phone companies to share limited location information about individuals who owe child support.

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Legislature grants passage of Mortgage Conciliation Act

July 3, 2103

STATE HOUSE – Pending the governor’s signature, the Mortgage Conciliation Act will require banks and lenders to make a good-faith attempt to negotiate with homeowners before foreclosing on homes in Rhode Island.

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Lawmakers give final approval of measure to protect victims of violent crimes

June 27, 2013

STATE HOUSE – Legislation allowing innocent victims of violent crimes to receive funds for relocation purposes now heads to the governor for action after the Senate and House bills passed the General Assembly today.

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E-prescriptions for drugs on controlled substances list gets Assembly OK

June 19, 2013

STATE HOUSE – Rhode Island has already taken significant steps to promote the use of e-prescriptions. According to the RI Department of Health web site, 68 percent of Rhode Island prescribers, as of the end of 2009, were using an e-prescribing mechanism for new or renewal prescriptions and 34 percent of all Rhode Island prescriptions were being sent electronically. Rhode Island, the DoH site says, was the first state in the nation to have 100 percent of retail pharmacies capable of accepting electronic prescriptions.

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Marriage Equality Rhode Island: Sen. Donna Nesselbush Talks to GET (Signing Ceremony Video)

June 9, 2013

When the fight for marriage equality in Rhode Island began more than 16 years ago, activists knew that our surest path to victory would be through the General Assembly. Over those years, many outstanding legislators contributed to increasing support for the legislation; none more so than Senator Rhoda Perry. When she retired in the summer of 2012, some wondered who would step up to be the face of the fight in the always challenging Senate. Second term Senator, Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket) the first openly lesbian RI Senator, took up the mantle with style and enthusiasm, personalizing the issue for her colleagues. A Brown grad and a municipal court judge, Nesselbush cut her teeth in the movement against domestic violence. GET caught up with her a few days after the measure’s signing to get her perspective on the fight and what comes next.

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Senate OKs crime compensation proposal to protect victims of violence

June 4, 2013

STATE HOUSE – The Senate passed a measure today that would allow innocent victims of violent crimes to receive funds for relocation purposes as part of the Crime Victim Compensation Program.

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 And Then There Were Ten

April 26, 2013

Rhode Island’s Senate — including all five Republican members — voted 26-12 on Wednesday in favor of legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Once Gov. Lincoln Chafee signs the bill, which is expected to happen next week, marriage equality will be the law in every New England state (Rhode Island plus Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine) — a meaningful victory for civil rights and a proud distinction for the region.

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Coordinated Strategy Propelled Gay Marriage in RI

April 25, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Phone banks, an army of volunteers and alliances with organized labor, business leaders and religious clergy propelled gay marriage to victory in Rhode Island this week, a savvy and coordinated strategy that relied on growing public support and old-fashioned bare-knuckle politics.

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Senate approves same-sex marriage bill

Final approval expected next week by House, which OK’d earlier version

April 24, 2013

STATE HOUSE – The Senate today voted 26 to 12 today to allow same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island.

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Senate Judiciary OKs Nesselbush, Handy same-sex marriage bills for floor vote

April 23, 2013

STATE HOUSE – The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage and has sent the bills to the Senate floor for a vote tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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AG Kilmartin mortgage conciliation legislation before House Judiciary

March 19, 2013

PROVIDENCE – As witnessed over the last several years, foreclosures lead to vacant homes, which destabilize neighborhoods and further drive down property values as well as having a devastating impact on the families that lose their home. In response, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin filed legislation to the Rhode Island General Assembly requiring mortgage service providers to participate in good faith in a conciliation process administered by a HUD-approved independent agency. The goal of the process is to facilitate an agreement between the lender and homeowner that will avoid a foreclosure. The legislation (2013-H5335, 2013-S0416) is sponsored by Rep. Raymond Gallison and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush.

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State House celebrates accomplishments of Rhode Island’s leading ladies in government

March 8, 2013

STATE HOUSE – In honor of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) hosted a celebratory event at the State House on Thursday, spotlighting the leading ladies in each of the three branches of government.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Nesselbush brings International Women’s Day to State House

March 5, 2013

STATE HOUSE – Putting a spotlight on the smart, driven women of Rhode Island, Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) is proudly hosting a state celebration of the United Nations-recognized International Women’s Day.

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Nesselbush reaches out to higher education commissioner after Sawyer School closure

January 10, 2013

STATE HOUSE – Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D – Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) directed a communication to Ray DiPasquale, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, urging the board to assist the students impacted by the closing of the Sawyer School, requesting public answers to the mysterious closing and demanding appropriate accountability from the institution for its actions.

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