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Pension vote results

The General Assembly finished its special session on retirement security November 17. Below are the results for the vote on the final bill that changed the Rhode Island retirement system.

In the House of Representatives, the final vote on H-6319Aaa (57-15) was:

YEAS - 57

The Honorable Speaker Fox and Representatives Ajello, Azzinaro, Baldelli-Hunt, Bennett, Blazejewski, Brien, Chippendale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, Costa, Edwards, Ehrhardt, Ferri, Gallison, Gordon, Handy, Hearn, Jackson, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, MacBeth, Malik, Marcello, Martin, Mattiello, McLaughlin, McNamara, Melo, Morgan, Morrison, Naughton, Newberry, Nunes, O'Grady, O'Neill, Petrarca, Phillips, Reilly, Ruggiero, Savage, Schadone, Serpa, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tarro, Tomasso, Trillo, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Watson, Williams, Winfield.

NAYS - 15

Representatives Carnevale, DaSilva, DeSimone, Dickinson, Fellela, Guthrie, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Lima, Medina, Menard, Messier, Palumbo, San Bento.

In the Senate, the final vote was:

YEAS - 35

The Honorable President Paiva Weed and Senators Algiere, Bates, Cote, Crowley, DaPonte, DeVall, DiPalma, Doyle, Felag, Fogarty, Gallo, Goodwin, Hodgson, Jabour, Kettle, Lanzi, Lombardo, Lynch, Maher, McCaffrey, Metts, Miller, Moura, Nesselbush, O'Neill, Ottiano, Perry, Picard, Pinga, Ruggerio, Sheehan, Shibley, Sosnowski, Walaska.

NAYS - 2

Senators Ciccone and Tassoni.

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EngageRI is a group of citizens, organizations, cooperations, trade associations and the like which defines itself as committed to enacting pension reform in the state. This group actively campaigned against worker interests in the pension debate. Many of its top figures represent businesses with which our members interact daily. Others are broader organizations, such as chambers of commerce.

One such business - Collette Vacations - lost the national endorsement of NEA based on its antilabor stance in Rhode Island. Others - social service agencies such as Crossroads Rhode Island and Family Service of Rhode Island - removed their names as coalition members from the EngageRI website in the face of adverse publicity. The following remain on the list:

1704 Associates, Inc.
Allison Reed Group
Amica Insurance
Atlantic Paper and Twine
The Business Development Corporation
Capital City Financial Corporation
Century Dry Wall
Collaboration Catalyst Corporation
Collette Vacations
Comprehensive Community Action Program
Concordia Manufacturing, LLC
Deion Associates and Strategies
DePasquale Brothers Inc.
Dimeo Construction Company
EB Properties Inc.
East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
East Providence Chamber of Commerce
Endurance Wealth Management
Gilbane Building Company
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
H. Carr & Sons, Inc.
H.V. Collins Company
Hart Design Group, Ltd.
Hart Engineering Corporation
International Institute
JRG Controller, Inc.
James J. O'Rourke, Inc.
Kellogg Associates
M.F. Construction Corp.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
New England Construction Company
North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
North Smithfield Fence, Inc.
Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
Ocean House Management Ltd
O'Neill Consulting Group
Pawtucket Foundation
Providence Foundation
Providence Investors
Reavis Cianciolo, LLC
RI State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Rhode Island Association of REALTORS, Inc.
Rhode Island Manufacturers Association
Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association
Rhode Island Salons United
Rhode Island Society of CPAs
Rhode Island Staffing Association (RISSA)
SBA Small Business Summit
SEDC for Southeast Asians
Simpatico Software Systems, Inc.
Sinel Wilfand Vinci CPAs Inc.
Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE)
South County Community Action Program
Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
Stasiunas Companies
Teka Interconnection Systems
Teknor Apex Company
Turfer Athletic and Cleanbrands LLC
W. Artesani & Sons, Inc.
Young Rhode Islanders for Pension Reform

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