A recent press release from the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island reports that the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles is one of 15 states sharing biometric data from drivers’ licenses with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). In regards to this allegation, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said: “On August 20, 2014, Anthony Silva, the Administrator for the DMV, received a letter inquiring about the reported transfer of data to NCTC. Since the receipt of the letter, my administration has done an investigation and has found no evidence of the proactive sharing of information with the NCTC. I look forward to working with the Rhode Island ACLU on this issue.”For more information, contact: Anthony Silva, Administrator, Rhode Island DMV, 401-462-5705 or firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. and State Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff During Patriot Dayand National Day of Service and RemembranceTo mark the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will call for a voluntary statewide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014. In addition, in honor of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, President Obama has requested the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.Accordingly, Governor Chafee has directed that, in addition to the flag of the United States, the Rhode Island flag fly at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds across the state on Thursday, September 11, 2014.“It is with great sadness that we prepare to mark the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks,” Governor Chafee said. “To honor that day’s many victims, from Rhode Island, across the country and around the world, I ask that Rhode Islanders observe a respectful moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. September 11 was a tragedy on every scale imaginable, and it is my hope that on its anniversary we are all able to engage in silent remembrance of those who were lost.”Click here to view the President's proclamation for PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2014.
Governor Chafee tonight said: “This primary season was particularly hard fought, and I want to congratulate the candidates for their hard work on the campaign trail. I am supporting all of the Democratic Party’s nominees, and regardless of party affiliation, I look forward to working with the new General Officers on their transition following the November election. I want to ensure that our State continues moving in the right direction by investing in education, infrastructure and workforce development, as well as ensuring the health of our cities and towns – the basic building blocks of a strong economy.”