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