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Civics and Rhode Island Government

Learning how government works is critical to an informed and engaged citizenry. Below are links to infographics that explain the branches and levels of government, and show how a bill becomes a law in Rhode Island.

The Department of State also offers experiential learning through free guided tours of the State House. These hour-long tours include information about Rhode Island history, the State House, and how our state government works.  Groups may also schedule mock legislative sessions with the House of Representatives or Senate. During these sessions participants sit at legislators’ desks, and debate and vote on mock bills. 

You can find more information about booking a tour on the State House Tours page.

Mock legislative session information and scheduling:

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Civics Resources


  • Federal and State branches of government
    Federal and State branches of government

    This infographic shows the Federal and State branches of government.

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  • Levels of government – Federal, State and City/Town
    Levels of government – Federal, State and City/Town

    Are you talking about certain policy issues or current events in your classroom? This infographic shows the levels of government – Federal, State and City/Town– and which level has decision making authority.

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  • How a bill becomes a law in Rhode Island
    How a bill becomes a law in Rhode Island

    Understanding the legislative process is important to know how and when you can best make your voice heard. This infographic shows how a bill becomes a law in Rhode Island.

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  • Voter Information Center
    Voter Information Center

    At the Voter Information Center students can type in their address to find their elected officials and learn about upcoming elections They can also view sample ballots before election day.

    Voter Information Center