News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Opponents of Rhode Island's new abortion rights law are asking a judge to declare it unconstitutional. The group Catholics for Life and anti-abortion Rhode Island residents filed an amended complaint in Providence Superior Court Tuesday, taking into account the governor's signing of the bill last week. The plaintiffs are suing the governor, legislative leaders, attorney general and others. The attorney general's spokeswoman says they believe the amended complaint is without merit.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's secretary of state says she can't understand why the legislature hasn't passed her proposal to allow for early voting. Democrat Nellie Gorbea said Tuesday that voters want early in-person voting and the state needs it for the better administration of elections, particularly in 2020. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it's still under consideration and he continues to talk with those involved.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence School Board is expected to appoint a new acting superintendent. School Board President Nicholas Hemond says Dorothy Smith, a veteran administrator with the district, will be named acting superintendent at a board meeting Wednesday. Smith's appointment coincides with the Tuesday release of a highly anticipated report on the city's schools that is expected to document the high levels of dysfunction in the school system.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's General Assembly has approved a measure to prohibit life insurance companies from denying or limiting policies for people with a prescription for an opioid overdose-reversal medication. The bill heads to the governor's desk, after passing the House Monday and the Senate last month. The governor supports the effort. The issue came to Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio's attention because a nurse who got a naloxone prescription was denied life insurance.
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