Statements about Legal Issues

"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."

Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."

Rhode Island is "almost dead last" among Northeastern states in the length of time first-degree murderers must spend in prison before they’re eligible for parole.

"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."

"Under Mayor Cicilline, [Providence] was a sanctuary city."

"Local law enforcement . . . will have access to the [Obamacare] Data Hub’s treasure trove of personal info."

The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority "was supposed to exist only until the bonds used to build the Newport Bridge were paid off through tolls. Once the bonds were paid, the Newport Bridge was to be transferred to the State of Rhode Island and become toll-free."

Twenty four states have voter ID or comparable restrictions; before Barack Obama was elected, it was two.

"The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan office, did an analysis and said that passing comprehensive immigration reform will reduce the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next decade."

"Rhode Island has the highest percentage of lawyers per capita in the country."

"We have no idea what is contained in [electronic cigarette] vapor."  

"In Providence, R.I., it's illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday."

Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."

"In Rhode Island, 28 percent of adults released from state prisons are re-incarcerated within a year."

Employers and schools have no right to conduct "surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle."

"Religious groups like Knights of Columbus have been forced to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their facilities, against their beliefs."

"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."

"The average age of first marijuana use is 12."

"Sheldon Whitehouse [got] a secret closed-door briefing, warning of the [2008 economic] crash."

"The Providence Economic Development Partnership . . .which you [Cicilline] chaired, loaned $103,000 in taxpayer funds to one of your campaign workers. The worker never paid back the loan."

Advertisement
How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments. For tips or comments on our campaign promise database, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the promise number. For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Browse the The Truth-O-MeterTM:
Browse The Obameter:
Subscribe:

Keep up to date with Politifact National: