Senate passes drug bills 05-07-2014
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL - Measures aimed at fighting abuse, overdoses still need other approvals



2 bills focus on streamlining 04-17-2014
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL - Reorganization of agencies could lead to centralized health coverage system.


Spring 2014 Newsletter 04-11-2014
Senator Joshua Miller's 2014 "Miller Report".


Health care bills scheduled for hearings 04-11-2014
STATE HOUSE - The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear a number of proposals involving changes to health care in Rhode Island at a meeting scheduled Tuesday, April 15, at the rise of the Senate (around 4:30 p.m.) in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House.


Drop anti-Semitism from public discourse 04-09-2014
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL - Rhode Island is facing important issues, and the legislators we have elected are admirably balancing their legislative duties with work and family obligations. We do not suggest that our Rhode Island senators and representatives need our sympathy, but they do deserve our appreciation.


Gun Regulation, Profanity and Thuggery in Rhode Island 04-02-2014
HUFFINGTON POST: It is rare that the comments of a state legislator make national news, even more so when those comments are only three short words...


Bills would aid treatment of drug addiction 04-02-2014
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL - One measure would require coverage for medications that help addicts recover.


Opioid bills to be heard in Senate 04-01-2014
STATE HOUSE - The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to meet today for hearings on some of bills it has assembled to help address the opioid overdose crisis in the region. The committee is scheduled to meettoday, Tuesday, April 1, at the rise of the Senate session (around 4:30 p.m.) in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House.


Statement from Sen. Joshua Miller 03-25-2014
STATE HOUSE, Providence – Below is a statement from Senator Joshua Miller: Last Tuesday a vast group of Rhode Islanders gathered peacefully in the State House rotunda to voice their concerns about gun violence in our state and in our country. They also gathered to support sensible gun legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons, ban the sale of high capacity magazines, ban weapons on school grounds and deny firearm access to individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors.


Senate committee to hear behavioral health primary care integration bills 03-24-2014
STATE HOUSE – Several bills recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health to strengthen the connection between primary and behavioral health care are scheduled to be heard by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee tomorrow.


Panel urges behavioral health, primary care integration 03-19-2014
STATE HOUSE – A panel composed of lawmakers and experts studying behavioral health and primary care has issued a report that says Rhode Island needs to adopt stronger policies and funding practices that encourage closer integration of behavioral health care, including substance abuse treatment and primary health care.


Health and Human Services Committee introduces bills that take aim at region’s opioid crisis 03-10-2014
STATE HOUSE – In light of the epidemic of fatal overdoses that has recently taken hold in the region, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee is concentrating its efforts on a package of legislation concerning overdose and drug abuse prevention.


Ajello, Miller introduce bill to regulate, tax marijuana 02-12-2014
STATE HOUSE – Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller and House Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Edith Ajello announced Wednesday that they will introduce a bill to make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.


Nurse Anesthetist Assn. names Sen. Miller, Rep. McNamara Legislators of the Year 01-08-2014
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) and Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) have been named Legislators of the Year by the Rhode Island Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


Commission studying integration of primary care and behavioral health to meet 12-13-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health is scheduled to hear from health insurers Wednesday.


Senators tour navy base 12-11-2013
STATE HOUSE – Rhode Island senators yesterday toured Naval Station Newport, home to approximately 5,800 employees in 50 Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and US Army Reserve commands and activities, and 17,000 students annually passing through one of the schools on base, including the world-renowned Naval War College.


Parking Garage study commission to meet Dec. 13 12-10-2013
STATE HOUSE – Colin Kane, Chairman of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, is scheduled to testify before a special legislative commission to study a parking structure near the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence. The commission hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, December 13, in Room 313 of the State House.


Reforms to improve efficiency, quality of health care become law 07-16-2013
The Rhode Island Health Care Reform Act of 2013 (2013-S0540Aaa), (2013-H6283) was a key element of the Senate leadership's "Moving the Needle" economic development legislative package. The Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget's 2013 Small Business Survey, released in April, identified health insurance costs as the No. 1 challenge faced by the state's small businesses.


Governor signs Iran divestiture bills into law 07-12-2013
STATE HOUSE -- The governor has signed two companion bills allowing the state to divest from companies doing business with Iran, making Rhode Island one of more than two dozen states to enact such legislation.


Assembly approves reforms to improve efficiency, quality of health care 07-02-2013
STATE HOUSE – Legislators today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller and Rep. Cale P. Keable to substantially reform health care in Rhode Island to control costs for families and businesses while increasing the quality of care and transparency and addressing market power.


Governor signs changes to seatbelt law 07-01-2013
STATE HOUSE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has signed legislation into law that allows failure to wear a seatbelt to remain a primary offense in Rhode Island and lowers the fine.


With governor’s final approval, Rhode Island will divest from business with Iran 06-28-2013
STATE HOUSE – It seems Rhode Island will join more than two dozen states and Washington D.C. in enacting Iran divestiture legislation, as companion bills approved by the General Assembly today have been transmitted to the governor's desk for a signature.


RI Nurses Celebrate Passage of Key Legislation 06-23-2013
Nurses across the state won a major victory today - Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a long-awaited bill removing barriers to the independence and efficacy of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, or APRNs, which includes nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse specialists, thereby improving public access to care.


Bill allowing two residential tax rates heads to governor 06-11-2013
STATE HOUSE – Providence as well as other Rhode Island cities and towns would be able to make its residential tax rate more transparent under legislation sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller and Rep. Scott A. Slater and passed by the General Assembly today.


Senate approves reforms to improve efficiency, quality of health care 06-04-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to substantially reform health care in Rhode Island to control costs for families and businesses while increasing the quality of care and transparency and addressing market power.


Bill would allow cities two residential tax rates in lieu of homestead exemption 05-30-2013
STATE HOUSE – Providence as well as other Rhode Island cities and towns would be able to make its residential tax rate more transparent under legislation sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller and passed by the Senate this week.


Emergency Room Diversion Commission to discuss funding 05-22-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Special Senate Commission to Study Emergency Department Diversion will meet tomorrow to discuss funding commitments, both in kind and otherwise, for the proposed pilot project for a facility for a program to divert people with behavioral or alcohol or substance abuse issues away from emergency rooms and into more appropriate places for treatment.


Health care reform bill slated for committee vote 05-22-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation sponsored by its chairman, Sen. Joshua Miller, to advance health care reform and begin transitioning Rhode Island's health care delivery system toward more effective and less expensive models.


Committee schedules DCYF oversight hearing 05-13-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Children Youth, and Families Thursday.


Miller bill eliminates barriers to care by advanced practice registered nurses 05-08-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller allowing nurses with advanced degrees to practice to the fullest extent of their qualifications.


Ferri and Miller honored by Mental Health Association 05-01-2013
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Joshua Miller and Rep. Frank Ferri were presented the 2013 "Bell of Hope" award from the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island today during a ceremony at the State House to launch the "May is Mental Health Month" campaign.


RI to become 10th state with gay marriage; state was last hold-out in New England 04-25-2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The number of U.S. states allowing gay marriage is set to enter double digits now that Rhode Island's state Senate has taken a landmark vote.


Coordinated strategy propelled gay marriage in RI 04-25-2013
PROVIDENCE — 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.


Edwards, Miller join Protect Families First for first day of marijuana decriminalization 04-01-2013
STATE HOUSE – Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) and Sen. Josh Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) – lead sponsors of last year's marijuana decriminalization legislation – joined Protect Families First at a State House press conference on Monday to discuss the impact of the new law on young people and families.


Health Care Reform Bills to Be Heard Thursday 03-19-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday will hold hearings on legislation sponsored by its chairman, Sen. Joshua Miller, to advance health care reform and begin transitioning Rhode Island's health care delivery system toward more effective and less expensive models.


Sen. Miller's comprehensive health reform bill welcomed 03-07-2013
Warwick Beacon - So far Senator Joshua Miller's efforts to reform health care and reduce costs is getting a thumbs-up from those who know this is a complicated issue with many players.


Sen. Miller Health Reform Bill Tackles Costs, Transparency 03-04-2013
Rhode Island Sen. Josh Miller has introduced a wide-ranging health care reform bill he hopes will give consumers more information about the costs and quality of the care they receive.


Sen. Miller submits landmark legislation on health care costs 03-01-2013
STATE HOUSE – Senator Joshua Miller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, yesterday introduced the next phase of health care reform legislation in Rhode Island.


Media Advisory: Senate committee to hold hearing on mental health advocate appointment 03-01-2013
STATE HOUSE – The House Health and Human Services Committee will hold an advice and consent hearing Tuesday on Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee's appointment of Megan N. Clingham for a five-year term as the state mental health advocate.


Details on ER diversion program presented 02-14-2013
STATE HOUSE – Legislators, health care professionals, emergency responders and others today discussed a blueprint for a pilot program that would divert people with behavioral, alcohol or substance abuse issues away from emergency rooms and into more appropriate places for treatment.


ER diversion pilot program to be presented 02-12-2013
STATE HOUSE – The Special Senate Commission to Study Emergency Department Diversion will meet Thursday to receive a report from the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals on its recommendations for a three-year pilot program to divert people with behavioral or alcohol or substance abuse issues away from emergency rooms and into more appropriate places for treatment.


A “Q-and-A” with R.I. Senator Joshua Miller 01-31-2013
PROVIDENCE – Josh Miller, re-elected to his fourth term as Rhode Island state senator, represents constituents in parts of Cranston and Warwick. A successful restaurateur and longtime community activist, he can often be spotted riding his motor scooter around town, a testament to his commitment to a cleaner environment.


Needs of businesses should drive state economic policy 01-28-2013
"Through the ownership of several popular nightspots and restaurants, State Sen. Joshua Miller has been influential in the Providence dining and nightlife scene for years. But since jumping into politics seven years ago, the Cranston Democrat is now as likely to take a stand on hospital consolidation or payday lending as he is nightclub closing hours or farm-to-table cuisine. After leading a commission on health care affordability and wrestling with the sale of Landmark Medical Center in the Corporations Committee, Miller this year was named chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee."


Miller: full agenda for state senate health committee 01-03-2013
(PROVIDENCE, RI) State Sen. Josh Miller has been named chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The senator representing Cranston and Providence is anticipating a full agenda for health-related legislation.


Climate Change Commission issues first report 11-13-2012
STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Climate Change Commission, an independent commission established by legislation in 2010, issued its first progress report today.


October 2012 Newsletter 10-30-2012
Senator Miller's October 2012 Newsletter (PDF)


GoLocalProv: Rhode Island's Most Transparent Lawmakers 10-26-2012
The General Assembly's commitment to open government and campaign transparency improved significantly during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions, but lawmakers still fall behind when it comes to judicial selection and ethics reform, according to the annual Common Cause legislative scorecard released Thursday.


Miller and Clarkin face off in Dist. 28 10-24-2012
Democrat Josh Miller has been representing Cranston's Dist. 28 in the State Senate since 2006, during which time Robert Clarkin has been working to get his message out.


Providence Journal: Better Ways to Treat the Addicted 10-14-2012
Senator Miller was co-chair of the commission that recommended this approach, and sponsor of the bill that creates the pilot.


Cranston Patch: Straight from the Gavel 06-11-2012
On this edition of Straight from the Gavel, Senator Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Warwick) discusses several things he's working on this session, including marijuana decriminalization, compassion centers, and a measure which would limit the interest rates charged by payday lenders.


RI NPR: RI moving closer to decriminalizing marijuana 05-30-2012
Rhode Island is poised to decriminalize possession of marijuana. Both the House and Senate judiciary committees have voted overwhelmingly to remove criminal penalties from possession of less than an ounce of pot.


RI NPR: Feds to buy Cranston homes flooded in 2010 05-29-2012
It's taken more than two years but finally relief is in sight for some of the Cranston homeowners flooded when the Pawtuxet River spilled its banks in March, 2010.


RI Monthly: The Smith Hill Maitre D 12-01-2011
He was known to dance on the bar in the '70s when he owned the Met Cafe in downtown Providence. But he sure isn't dancing on the bar at the Hot Club this early October night. Josh Miller, owner of the locally famous waterside club—along with the equally popular, although very different, Trinity Brewhouse and Local 121—won't even stand on a chair.


Cranston Online: Going, Going, Gone 08-26-2011
Information about the Pawtuxet dam removal project.

RI NPR: RI should approve Miller bill on pot decriminalization 06-27-2011
It's been 40 years since President Richard Nixon declared a national war on drugs. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if the marijuana skirmish in this battle is still worth fighting in Rhode Island.


PBN: Commission on hospital costs continues to crunch numbers 01-19-2011
In presentations Jan. 19, executives from Lifespan, South County Hospital Healthcare System, UnitedHealthcare of New England, and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island elaborated their views.


PBN: New rules for diesel emissions on construction projects to take effect by ’13 07-19-2010
When advertised bids go out later this year for the construction of Waterfront Drive in East Providence, it will mark the beginning of a pilot project run by the R.I. Department of Transportation as the first step to implement the new Clean Construction law enacted by the R.I. General Assembly unanimously to reduce emissions from diesel engines. It became law without the governor's signature the week of July 1.