Gov. Raimondo signs veterans legislation

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WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) — In in a bill-signing ceremony Monday morning, Gov. Gina Raimondo set several pieces of legislation relating to veterans into law.

The following bills cover several issues facing veterans, including expanding opportunity for those who have proudly served our nation:

  • Prohibits recreational dog walking in Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
  • Allows private employers to adopt an employment policy that provides a preference in hiring or promotion, or both, to a veteran
  • Protects the hobs of Rhode Island employees serving in National Guard units in Rhode Island or any other state
  • Requires health care providers to provide veterans copies of their medical records at no charge if the records are used to apply for benefits of any kind
  • Changes the name of the Central Bridge in the town of Barrington to the “Barrington Veterans’ Memorial Bridge”
  • Corrects the law reflecting the dedicated space for veterans’ organizations to the William F. Powers building, and updates the list of chartered veterans’ organizations who can use the space

The director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn, along with local veterans and military families, joined the governor in the signing ceremony.

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