Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order removing the state’s official name — “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” phrase from the state administration’s websites, documents, and communications including state employee paychecks, gubernatorial orders and citations.
The executive order is matched with other efforts by the state’s legislature to push forward a bill to change the name entirely.
The state’s senate will also introduce a referendum for residents to vote on the change in the November general election. According to the Providence Journal, a 2010 referendum was opposed by more than 75% of voters at the time.
Rhode Island’s official state name is a reference to the mainland colony founded by Roger Williams in 1636.