State House Reopens

The Rhode Island State House will reopen to the public Tuesday, June 1st. House leadership has signed on, but — and this should come as a surprise to no one — Senate President Dominick Ruggerio prefers to work his magic behind closed doors, no matter the cost to taxpayers (ProJo 5.25.21).

Senate leaders have opted to ride out this COVID-year session at the Rhode Island College campus, at a cost of up to $523,828 through the end of June, including food and security.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea got the ball rolling last week when she sent Governor McKee a strongly worded letter (ProJo 5.21.21).

“If we are willing to say businesses and their employees should return to their operations, how is state government not prepared to do so as well?”

Gorbea posed to that question to McKee Friday, on the same day she announced that all Department of State offices outside of the State House will fully reopen to the public on June 1.

Gorbea is now a candidate for governor. She will first have to run against McKee in the 2022 democratic primary. (The Public’s Radio)

A native of Puerto Rico, Gorbea won an upset victory over a better-funded Democratic rival, Guillaume de Ramel, to become secretary of state in 2014, and she easily won re-election in 2018.

During the horror of the last administration, our secretary of state proved herself to be, not only amazingly competent, but utterly committed to her oath of office. Certainly Gorbea’s handling of the 2020 election stood in stark contrast to the traitorous state secretaries around the country who were, and still are, actively trying to overturn the results of a fair and open election. I found it very reassuring that my secretary of state was not actively trying to destroy American democracy.

Beginning on Tuesday, June 1st, the State House will be open to the public between 9am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. (Seen here is the back door. Visitors will need to go around the front.)

Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, (directions)

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