Senate Bill #119 (2021)

AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

Requires the office of the attorney general to issue a report containing the total cases charged with a firearm in all Rhode Island courts and a list of cases charged with a firearm which have been disposed during the calendar year.

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  • 2021 – S 0119
  • 2021 – S 0119 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC000270
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2021
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY
  • GENERAL
  • Introduced By: Senators de la Cruz, Rogers, Paolino, Lombardi, Lombardo, Morgan, and
  • Ciccone
  • Introduced By: Senators de la Cruz, Rogers, Paolino, F Lombardi, Lombardo, E Morgan,
  • and Ciccone
  • Date Introduced: January 26, 2021
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Purpose/Legislative Intent.
  • The general assembly recognizes that crimes committed with firearms are and have been the focus of legislative policy initiatives. In an effort to address such crimes, the legislature understands that full disclosure of statistical data is essential to the proper formulation of effective statutes. The general assembly recognizes that legislative initiatives are successful when all pertinent statistical factors and data are available for consideration. Therefore, the annual gun crimes law enforcement report is being amended.
  • SECTION 2. Section 42-9-12.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-9 entitled "Department of Attorney General" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 42-9-12.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-9 entitled "Department of Attorney General" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 42-9-12.1. Annual gun crimes law enforcement report.
  • (a) The attorney general shall annually, on or before March 31, make a report in writing to the general assembly showing the transactions of the attorney general's office in relation to the enforcement of law with respect to crimes involving a gun during the prior year ending on December 31.
  • (b) The report shall show for each of the counties of the state contain the total number of non-warranted indictments and information cases with respect to crimes charges involving a gun firearm in all courts in the state of Rhode Island pending filed at the beginning of during the calendar year,. The report shall also contain all and the number of warranted indictments and information cases with respect to crimes charges involving a firearm which have been disposed of during the calendar gun pending at the beginning of the year, the number of indictments returned and informations filed in these cases during the year, the number of indictments and informations disposed of in these cases during the year:
  • (1) By jury trial;
  • (2) By jury waived trial;
  • (3) Without jury trial on plea of guilty or nolo contendere; and
  • (1) By jury trial;
  • (2) By jury waived trial;
  • (3) Without jury trial on plea of guilty or nolo contendere; and
  • (4) By a nol pros; and the number of non-warranted and warranted indictments and informations pending at the end of the year.
  • (c) The report shall also show the number of offenders in these cases punished by sentence or imprisonment, or by the payment of a fine, or by both fine and imprisonment, or by suspended or deferred sentence or probation, with the sentences and fines specified in each instance.
  • (d) The report shall be subdivided to show the sex of the offenders and the age of the offenders, arranged by decades. by and specifically include each court docket number along with the make, model number and caliber of the firearm utilized, involved and/or seized. The reported firearm information shall also include if the firearm was stolen, altered or obliterated serial numbers, and shall indicate if the firearm was a 3D printed firearm or ghost firearm. The report shall be compiled using statistics provided by the Rhode Island statewide judicial information system.
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.
  • (c) The report shall also show the number of offenders in these cases punished by sentence or imprisonment, or by the payment of a fine, or by both fine and imprisonment, or by suspended or deferred sentence or probation disposition of each case, with the sentences and fines specified in each instance.
  • (d) The report shall be subdivided to show the sex of the offenders and the age of the offenders, arranged by decades. by and specifically include each court docket number and the charge or charges associated with it.
  • (e) For each report beginning with the report due March 31, 2023, the reports shall show whether the firearm or firearms at issue in each case was a rifle, semi-automatic rifle, shotgun, revolver, semi-automatic handgun, or miscellaneous firearm.
  • (f) The report shall be compiled using statistics provided by the Rhode Island statewide judicial information system and may be supplemented by data maintained by the attorney general's office.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • LC000270
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY
  • GENERAL
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  • This act would require the office of the attorney general to issue a report containing the total cases charged with a firearm in all Rhode Island courts and a list of cases charged with a firearm which have been disposed during the calendar year. Said report would include the make, model number and caliber of the firearm involved in said charges, and would also include if the firearm was stolen, altered, or obliterated serial numbers, and indicate if the firearm was a 3D printed firearm or ghost firearm.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC000270 ========
  • This act would require the office of attorney general to issue a report containing the total number of cases with respect to charges involving a firearm in all Rhode Island courts. The report would also include a list of cases with respect to charges involving a firearm which have been disposedofduringthecalendar yearaswellasthedispositionofeachcase,thecourtdocket number and the charge or charges associated with it. Effective March 31, 2023 reports would be required to show whether the firearm at issue in each case was a rifle, semi-automatic rifle, shotgun, revolver, semi-automatic handgun or miscellaneous firearms.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC000270/SUB A/3 ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

June 18, 2019 at 5:12pm
Yeas: 38 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 0 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. McKenney Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y

Floor vote for ATTORNEY GENERAL

June 30, 2021 at 4:55pm
Yeas: 30 / Nays: 8 / Not voting: 0 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson N
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell N
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin N
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin N
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack N
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes N
Sen. Miller N
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde N