Senator Thomas J. Paolino

District 17 (Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield), Republican

Committees

Recent votes

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

Date Bill Vote type Vote
July 02, 2018 H9999 AN ACT HELLO MY DEAR
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Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7909 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- SURPLUS LINES INSURANCE
Adds insurance provided in the surplus lines market to the payment of premiums and cancellation regulations contained in the unfair competition and practices chapter.
Passage In Concurrence N
June 23, 2018 H8366 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE HOSPITAL CONVERSION ACT
Requires health director/attorney general to conduct hospital conversion investigations with stenographic record of the proceedings.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2688 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - AUTOMATED SCHOOL-ZONE-SPEED-ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM
Requires the use of yellow, flashing school zone speed signs and require written warning citations for first offenses, a fine up to forty-five dollars ($45) for second offenses and referral to the traffic tribunal for all subsequent offenses.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8177 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES--CITY OF CENTRAL FALLS
Authorizes Central Falls to adopt 3 separate tax classifications of residential property consisting of tax rates: owner-occupied property of 5 units or less/dwellings of 6 units or more/non owner-occupied property of 5 units or less, including mixed use.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2421 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF ELDERS--ABUSE AND ISOLATION OF ELDERS OR DEPENDENT ADULTS -- THE PETER FALK CRIMINAL ISOLATION OF ELDERS ACT
Criminalizes isolation of an elder or dependent adult and would provide that certain notification requirements be fulfilled on behalf of elder persons or dependent adults.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8358 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN
Establishes the Rhode Island chapter of the children’s advocacy center, a community based organization that would provide a child-friendly, safe and neutral location from which a multidisciplinary team would act in response to child abuse allegations.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2539 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT -- NON-OPIATE DIRECTIVE
Establishes a procedure for individuals to file a revocable voluntary non-opiate directive form with the person's licensed health care practitioner.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7529 JOINT RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REPORTING AND EXPIRATION DATES OF THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
Extends the reporting date of the special legislative commission to study the effects of legalizing marijuana from March 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019, and said commission expires on May 1, 2019.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7002 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Requires individual or group policy insurance to cover mastectomies.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8356 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE I-195 REDEVLOPMENT ACT OF 2011
Allows the I-195 Redevelopment commission to make certain alterations to the boundaries of a portion of the I-195 redevelopment called "Parcel P4".
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7578 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- ELDERLY AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
Establishes a web-based caregiver support information center and adds certain elder services to those which are subject to training and support from the elderly affairs department.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8352 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF ELDERS--ABUSE AND ISOLATION OF ELDERS OR DEPENDENT ADULTS -- THE PETER FALK CRIMINAL ISOLATION OF ELDERS ACT
Criminalizes isolation of an elder or dependent adult and would provide that certain notification requirements be fulfilled on behalf of elder persons or dependent adults.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H8352 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF ELDERS--ABUSE AND ISOLATION OF ELDERS OR DEPENDENT ADULTS -- THE PETER FALK CRIMINAL ISOLATION OF ELDERS ACT
Criminalizes isolation of an elder or dependent adult and would provide that certain notification requirements be fulfilled on behalf of elder persons or dependent adults.
Reconsider Y
June 23, 2018 S2854 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES--CITY OF CENTRAL FALLS
Authorizes Central Falls to adopt 3 separate tax classifications of residential property consisting of tax rates: owner-occupied property of 5 units or less/dwellings of 6 units or more/non owner-occupied property of 5 units or less, including mixed use.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2048 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - LIFE INSURANCE
Requires that the department of business regulation provide a mandatory disclosure notice, at no cost to insurers, to certain life insurance policy holders regarding their rights and alternatives to lapse or surrender.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7124 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - LIFE INSURANCE
Requires that the department of business regulation provide a mandatory disclosure notice, at no cost to insurers, to certain life insurance policy holders regarding their rights and alternatives to lapse or surrender.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7956 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - AUTOMATED SCHOOL-ZONE-SPEED-ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM
Provides for more conspicuous signage at automated school-zone-speed-enforcement system locations and allows for a graduated penalty system with a warning for a first offense.
Passage as Amended Y
June 23, 2018 H7956 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - AUTOMATED SCHOOL-ZONE-SPEED-ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM
Provides for more conspicuous signage at automated school-zone-speed-enforcement system locations and allows for a graduated penalty system with a warning for a first offense.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 23, 2018 S2823 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE -- COURTS - LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS - USE OF LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Protects communications between language interpreters appointed under this chapter and limited-English-proficient persons.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2105 AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE
Requires office of Veteran Affairs to bear the cost of all tolls incurred by any motor vehicles that are part of a veteran's funeral procession, originating from Aquidneck Island and ending at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, for burial or internment.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8163 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- VOLUNTARY RESTRUCTURING OF SOLVENT INSURERS
Allows domestic insurance company to enter into a voluntary restructuring, including the use of a protected cell, with the approval of the commissioner.
Passage In Concurrence NV
June 23, 2018 H7456 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT OF A COVERED ANIMAL
Makes changes in the definitions of what constitutes unlawful confinement of any sow during gestation, calf raised for veal or egg-laying hen kept on a farm, and would apply them throughout the chapter accordingly.
Passage NV
June 23, 2018 H7121 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE
Authorizes RI Health Exchange to seek waiver under Affordable Care Act to allow small business owners/sole proprietors to purchase health plans offered by RI Health Exchange.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2019 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE
Authorizes RI Health Exchange to seek waiver under Affordable Care Act to allow small business owners/sole proprietors to purchase health plans offered by RI Health Exchange.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S3015 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PSAT AND SAT TESTS
Includes home schooled students in the program to provide the PSAT and SAT free of charge to all Rhode Island public school students for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2018.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7155 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PSAT AND SAT TESTS
Includes home schooled students in the program to provide the PSAT and SAT free of charge to all Rhode Island public school students for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2018.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7733 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS - USE OF LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Protects communications between language interpreters appointed under this chapter and limited-English-proficient persons.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7305 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2016
Adds alcohol and alcohol-related overdoses and possession or transportation of alcohol by an underage person, to the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2418 JOINT RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REPORTING DATE OF THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
This resolution would extend the reporting date of the special legislative commission to study the effects of legalizing marijuana from March 1, 2018, to May 31, 2018, and said commission would expire on July 1, 2018.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7795 AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE
Requires office of Veteran Affairs to bear the cost of all tolls incurred by any motor vehicles that are part of a veteran's funeral procession, originating from Aquidneck Island and ending at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, for burial or internment.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2577 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- OFFICE OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
Provides that the state medical examiner is to conduct a multi-disciplinary team review of drug-related overdose deaths.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7697 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- OFFICE OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
Provides that the state medical examiner is to conduct a multi-disciplinary team review of drug-related overdose deaths.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2024 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2016
Adds alcohol and alcohol-related overdoses and possession or transportation of alcohol by an underage person, to the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act.
PREVENTION ACT OF 2016 Y
June 23, 2018 S2867 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES
Makes driving under the influence with any child under thirteen (13) years of age in the vehicle a felony punishable by up to five (5) years imprisonment, a five thousand dollar ($5,000) fine, and a loss of license of up to two (2) years.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7223 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES
Increases the fines and penalties of operating under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance with a child under thirteen (13) years of age.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2134 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL -- GUN CRIMES REPORT
Directs the attorney general to report annually to the general assembly on the incidence and disposition of crimes involving guns.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7162 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL - GUN CRIMES REPORT
Directs the attorney general to report annually to the general assembly on the incidence and disposition of crimes involving guns.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2224 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Requires individual or group policy insurance to cover mastectomies.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2239 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM
Creates a municipal infrastructure grant program within the DOA relating to municipal and other public infrastructure projects.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7102 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM
Creates a municipal infrastructure grant program within the DOA relating to municipal and other public infrastructure projects.
INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM Y
June 23, 2018 H7066 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- TRIALS
Restricts the use of a victim's gender or sexual orientation as a defense by any defendant claiming provocation, diminished capacity or self-defense and prohibits the court from allowing such information into evidence.
TRIALS Y
June 23, 2018 S3014 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- TRIALS
Restricts the use of a victim's gender or sexual orientation as a defense by any defendant claiming provocation, diminished capacity or self-defense and prohibits the court from allowing such information into evidence.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7970 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RHODE ISLAND REAL ESTATE TIME-SHARE ACT
Amends several processes relative to the termination of a time-share agreement and the division of the ownership interests thereto.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7276 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - SPECIAL CLASS OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION PLATES
Provides that the minimum number of prepaid orders for special motor vehicle registration plate type be five hundred (500) sets of plates per plate type.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H8029 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- RHODE ISLAND UNIFORM COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE ACT -- APPLICATION, EXAMINATION AND ISSUANCE
Eliminates the requirement that a renewal applicant, whose commercial driver's license has expired for more than one year, take examinations.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7385 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE AND SALE--MEDIATION CONFERENCE
Repeals the July 1, 2018, sunset clause in Chapters 325 and 406 of the 2013 Public Laws in regard to § 34-24-3.2 "mediation conference prior to mortgage foreclosure."
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7986 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Requires persons entrusted with an animal's care to report cruelty thereto.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7819 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES -- SPECIAL PLATE FOR RHODE ISLAND BOY SCOUTS
Authorizes a special license plate for Rhode Island Boy Scouts, a nonprofit corporation, and establish the fees and other conditions applicable to its issuance.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7556 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES
Amends provisions of the tax increment financing act in order to encourage municipalities to use tax increment financing to facilitate economic development. Effective 7/1/2018.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7496 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT -- NON-OPIATE DIRECTIVE
Establishes a procedure for individuals to file a revocable voluntary non-opiate directive form with the person's licensed health care practitioner.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7416 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PHARMACIES--PARTIAL FILLS
Allows a pharmacist to dispense a partial fill of a Schedule II controlled substance at the request of the patient or the prescriber.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8122 AN ACT RELATING TO LICENSES GENERALLY
Simplifies the process of doing business in Rhode Island by eliminating unnecessary licensing requirements of various business entities.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8333 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2016
Requires the director of the department of health to develop best practices for co-prescribing opioid antagonists to patients who are prescribed opioid analgesics and allows police and medical personnel to provide an opioid antagonist.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H8117 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Requires tax administrator to send written notice to persons failing to file tax returns/pay taxes informing them they will be prevented from renewing operator license/vehicle registration and procedures to contest determination.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8170 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Takes away the discretion of the sentencing judge in cases involving persons convicted of, or who entered a plea of nolo contendere to any misdemeanor or felony under the provisions of state law relating to cruelty to animals.
Passage as Amended Y
June 23, 2018 H8170 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Takes away the discretion of the sentencing judge in cases involving persons convicted of, or who entered a plea of nolo contendere to any misdemeanor or felony under the provisions of state law relating to cruelty to animals.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 23, 2018 H7934 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY EXEMPTION
Exempts the North Kingstown, Exeter Animal Protection League, Inc., from taxation in the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7230 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Allows the division of motor vehicles to issue a courtesy registration plate for a vehicle more than twenty-five (25) years old.
Passage as Amended Y
June 23, 2018 H7230 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Allows the division of motor vehicles to issue a courtesy registration plate for a vehicle more than twenty-five (25) years old.
Approval of Amendment NV
June 23, 2018 H8126 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - COLLECTION OF TAXES GENERALLY
Adds the town of Burrillville to those towns wherein taxes assessed on a mobile or manufactured home would constitute a lien on said home.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8357 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT
Amends the definitions of "smoking" and "retail tobacco store" to include electronic smoking devices, electronic nicotine delivery system products and other products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S3013 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES
Amends provisions of the tax increment financing act in order to encourage municipalities to use tax increment financing to facilitate economic development.
Passage N
June 23, 2018 H7194 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - DRIVER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Requires driver's instruction courses and tests to include instruction information on driver's responsible conduct and rights during a traffic stop.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S3010 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - DRIVER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Requires driver's instruction courses and tests to include instruction information on driver's responsible conduct and rights during a traffic stop.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H8351 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HEALTH CARE--HEALTH INSURANCE
Establishes the Rhode Island reinsurance program that will provide reinsurance to insurance carriers that offer health insurance coverage on the individual market, to mitigate the impact of high-risk individuals on health insurance rates.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2934 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HEALTH CARE--HEALTH INSURANCE
Establishes the Rhode Island reinsurance program and restricted receipt account, from federal funding, administered by the director of the Rhode Island health benefits exchange, to mitigate the impact of high-risk individuals on health insurance rates.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S3012 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7778 AN ACT REGISTRATION TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Exempts vehicle owners by a rental company from provisions permitted to the DMV to refuse registration for failure to pay fines including interest, penalties, or other monetary amount.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2617 AN ACT RELATING TO AERONAUTICS -- T.F. GREEN AIRPORT
Renames the state airport in Warwick to "Rhode Island International Airport."
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S3008 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- VOLUNTARY RESTRUCTURING OF SOLVENT INSURERS
Allows domestic insurance company to enter into a voluntary restructuring, including the use of a protected cell, with the approval of the commissioner.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H8346 JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO PAY CERTAIN CLAIMS
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7193 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- CONSENT TO MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CARE
Provides that any person, including, but not limited to, a minor who is pregnant, could give effective consent for medical, dental, health and hospital services relating to prenatal, delivery, and post-delivery care.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7062 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX
Provides for a voluntary deduction from any refund from the Rhode Island personal income tax for a contribution to the substance use and mental health leadership council of RI.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7044 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM
Permits that age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate education on consent and sexual activity be increased in secondary schools as part of a family life course.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7235 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS
Directs the department of education to utilize the federal governments troops to teachers program.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8171 AN ACT RELATING TO STATUTES AND STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION -- 2018
Makes a number of technical amendments to the general laws, prepared at the recommendation of the Law Revision Office. Article I contains the reenactment of title 7 of the general laws. Article II includes the statutory construction provisions.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7045 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - CARE OF DOGS
Prohibits mistreatment of animals by failing to provide adequate water, shelter or veterinary care.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2983 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE HOSPITAL CONVERSION ACT
Requires health director/attorney general to conduct hospital conversion investigations with stenographic record of the proceedings.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S3006 AN ACT RELATING TO LICENSES GENERALLY
Simplifies the process of doing business in Rhode Island by eliminating unnecessary licensing requirements of various business entities.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S3005 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY EXEMPTION
Exempts the North Kingstown, Exeter Animal Protection League, Inc., from taxation in the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H8350 AN ACT RELATING TO THE ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2019
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2541 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PHARMACIES--PARTIAL FILLS
Allows a pharmacist to dispense a partial fill of a Schedule II controlled substance at the request of the patient or the prescriber.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2539 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT -- NON-OPIATE DIRECTIVE
Establishes a procedure for individuals to file a revocable voluntary non-opiate directive form with the person's licensed health care practitioner.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H8271 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES
Eliminates the need of filing an SR 22, standard form with the department of motor vehicles or its divisions, in order for an individual to get their operator’s license reinstated.
MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES Y
June 23, 2018 S2154 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES
Eliminates the need of filing an SR 22, standard form with the department of motor vehicles or its divisions, in order for an individual to get their operator’s license reinstated.
MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES Y
June 23, 2018 H8343 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - RETAIL LICENSES
Exempts property located at 161 Douglas Avenue, Providence, from prohibition of sale of alcoholic beverages within two hundred feet (200') of any school or church.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8319 AN ACT RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION - COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Amends the composition, size, and requirements of memberships on the Coastal Resources Management Council.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2955 AN ACT RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION - COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Amends membership of Coastal Resources Management Council.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8215 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Allows waiver of prior claimed common law rights by corp./LLC officers/Enlarges advisory council from 16 to 17 members/Imposes certain limitations on payments to injured employees/Authorizes uninsured protection fund to promulgate rules and regulations.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2924 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Allows waiver of prior claimed common law rights by corp./LLC officers/Enlarges advisory council from 16 to 17 members/Imposes certain limitations on payments to injured employees/Authorizes uninsured protection fund to promulgate rules and regulations.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7803 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- QUALITY SELF-DIRECTED SERVICES -- PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- INDIVIDUAL PROVIDERS OF DIRECT SUPPORT SERVICES
Enables the creation of a public registry of home health aides, giving seniors and individuals living with disabilities another choice when accessing long-term care options.
Passage In Concurrence R
June 23, 2018 S2734 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- QUALITY SELF-DIRECTED SERVICES -- PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- INDIVIDUAL PROVIDERS OF DIRECT SUPPORT SERVICES
Enables the creation of a public registry of home health aides, giving seniors and individuals living with disabilities another choice when accessing long-term care options.
Passage In Concurrence R
June 23, 2018 H7950 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- GENERAL POWERS
Authorizes the Middletown Municipal Court to impose fines not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000).
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2686 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- GENERAL POWERS
Authorizes the Middletown municipal court to impose fines not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for the violation of the town's short-term residential leases ordinance. Such violation shall be considered a civil violation.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8013 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - MOTOR VEHICLE REPLACEMENT PARTS
Amends provisions of law relative to motor vehicle replacement parts specifications time limits for using aftermarket body parts, and notification to the vehicle owner of the intention to use aftermarket body parts.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2679 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - MOTOR VEHICLE BODY REPLACEMENT PARTS
Provides that insurance companies may not mandate the use of aftermarket parts without the owner's consent on motor vehicles less than 48 months beyond manufacture date.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7765 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - VITAL RECORDS
Requires that a death certificate reflect the decedent’s gender identity, as reported by the next of kin.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2614 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - VITAL RECORDS
Requires that a death certificate reflect the decedent’s gender identity, as reported by the next of kin.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7790 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- HAWKERS AND PEDDLERS
Provides for the consolidation of food truck registration within the department of business regulation to streamline the registration process and reduce the burden on small businesses.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2502 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- HAWKERS AND PEDDLERS
Provides for the standardization of mobile food establishment registrations by the department of business regulation to streamline the registration process.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7807 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Requires the office of energy resources to conduct a study to verify the energy savings measures from the state energy efficiency programs.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2500 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Requires the office of energy resources to conduct a study to verify the energy savings measures from the state energy efficiency programs.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H8340 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - CASUALTY INSURANCE GENERALLY
Includes coverage for residential property for vandalism and malicious mischief unless the property has been vacant for more than sixty (60) days.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2444 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - CASUALTY INSURANCE GENERALLY
Includes coverage for residential property for vandalism and malicious mischief unless the property has been vacant for more than sixty (60) days.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 H7134 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- ELECTRIC GENERATION SERVICE
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a purchase of receivables program where the electric distribution company purchases the receivables of a nonregulated power producer at a discount rate.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2330 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- ELECTRIC GENERATION SERVICE
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a purchase of receivables program where the electric distribution company purchases the receivables of a nonregulated power producer at a discount rate.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S3004 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2016
Requires the director of the department of health to develop best practices for co-prescribing opioid antagonists to patients who are prescribed opioid analgesics.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S3003 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS
Directs the department of education to utilize the federal government's Troops to Teachers program, and would further provide that the implementation of the program would be contingent on federal funding.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2971 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - COMMERCIAL LOW SPEED VEHICLES
Authorizes commercial low speed vehicles of 8 persons or less to operate on roadways of the city of Newport as a commercial jitney service.
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7502 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- NOTARIES PUBLIC AND JUSTICES OF THE PEACE
Repeals the current state provisions regarding notaries and adopts an adapted version of the "Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts."
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 S2560 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- NOTARIES PUBLIC AND JUSTICES OF THE PEACE
Repeals the current state provisions regarding notaries and adopts an adapted version of the "Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts."
Passage Y
June 23, 2018 H7336 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - FLASHING VEHICLE LIGHTS
Enables newspaper motor route carriers to have installed upon them forward viewing a rotating amber beam lights.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 23, 2018 S2284 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - FLASHING VEHICLE LIGHTS
Enables newspaper motor route carriers to have installed upon them forward viewing a rotating amber beam lights.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 22, 2018 H7290 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES AND PROJECTS
Passage In Concurrence N
June 22, 2018 S2991 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF SMITHFIELD TO ISSUE NOT TO EXCEED $4,500,000 IN GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCE OF INDEBTEDNESS TO FINANCE THE ACQUISTION, CONSTRUCTION, BUILDING, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF A NEW FIRE STATION IN THE TOWN
Authorizes the town of Smithfield to issue not more than $4,500,000 bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the acquisition, construction, building, furnishing and equipping of a new fire station in the town.
Passage Y
June 22, 2018 S2990 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF SMITHFIELD TO ISSUE NOT TO EXCEED $45,000,000 IN GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCE OF INDEBTEDNESS TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, IMPROVEMENT, ALTERATION, REPAIR, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE TOWN, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF STATE HOUSING AID AT A REIMBURSEMENT RATE OR STATE SHARE RATIO OF NOT LESS THAN 40% FOR EXPENDITURES ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT
Authorizes the town of Smithfield to issue not more than $45,000,000 bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the construction, renovation, improvement, alteration and repair, furnishing and equipping of schools and school facilities.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2989 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - COLLECTION OF TAXES GENERALLY
Adds the town of Burrillville to those towns wherein taxes assessed on a mobile or manufactured home would constitute a lien on said home.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2988 JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO PAY CERTAIN CLAIMS
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2665 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - ESTABLISHING A SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FUND
Establishes a small business development fund to encourage formation of private capital investment by federally-licensed investment companies.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 H7377 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- MUNICIPAL POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS' ARBITRATION
Relieves municipal police and firefighter bargaining representatives from their obligation to represent employees in grievances/arbitrations if they were not members of the bargaining unit within the 90 days prior to the events that caused the grievance.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 H7615 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS
Protects homeless persons in possession of a service animal, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, from being denied access to any homeless shelter in violation of the ADA or the state or federal Fair Housing Practices Acts.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 S2529 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Provides full year insurance coverage for contraceptives and would provide coverage thereto. Section 9 of this act, pertaining to Medicaid, would take effect July 1, 2019. The remaining sections would take effect April 1, 2019.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2948 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT
Renames the domestic violence prevention fund as the Deborah DeBare domestic violence prevention fund.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2298 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES
Makes the owner of any vehicle not inspected as required by §§31-38-3 or 31-38-4 responsible for any fines or penalties imposed as a result of non-inspection and prohibits any law enforcement officer from citing the operator of said vehicle.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2463 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES-MOTOR VEHICLES REPARATIONS ACT
Penalizes a motorist for two (2) separate violations if they are driving an unregistered motor vehicle and without insurance or proof of insurance.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2754 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGULATION OF BUSINESS PRACTICES AMONG MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND DEALERS
Establishes standardized methods and appeals procedures for the calculation of fair and reasonable compensation for parts and labor used in warranty services.
Passage NV
June 21, 2018 S2695 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY
Eliminates the penalty of abating rent in cases where a non-resident landlord fails to designate an agent for service of process and would clarify that the fine for violating this section is civil.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2973 JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO BE KNOWN AS THE "RHODE ISLAND COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE"
Creates a 31 member Committee to develop, recommend, and assist in the administration of a census outreach strategy, and who would make an interim report by January 15, 2019, a final report by June 30, 2019, and expire on December 31, 2020.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2264 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM
Permits that education on consent and sexual activity be increased in secondary schools as part of a family life course.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2228 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT
Amends the definitions of "smoking" and "retail tobacco store" to include electronic smoking devices, electronic nicotine delivery system products and other products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization.
Passage as Amended Y
June 21, 2018 S2228 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT
Amends the definitions of "smoking" and "retail tobacco store" to include electronic smoking devices, electronic nicotine delivery system products and other products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 21, 2018 H7308 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - MOTOR CARRIER TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS
Renders void and unenforceable any motor transportation contract term indemnifying an indemnitee from or against its own negligence, intentional acts or omissions in contracts entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of the chapter.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 S2592 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - MOTOR CARRIER TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS
Renders void and unenforceable any motor transportation contract term indemnifying an indemnitee from or against its own negligence, intentional acts or omissions in contracts entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of the chapter.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 H8318 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Authorizes the city of Central Falls to exempt Plat 1, Lot 171 in Central Falls from the provisions of § 3-17-19 thereby making a business located on that property to be eligible to obtain a Class B liquor license.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 H7715 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - HOMICIDE
Creates a new criminal offense for the delivery of a controlled substance resulting in death.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 S2279 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - HOMICIDE
Known and may be cited as Kristen's Law, and would provide that the death of a human being as a result of a controlled substance transaction, would subject the person providing the controlled substance up to life imprisonment.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 S2279 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - HOMICIDE
Known and may be cited as Kristen's Law, and would provide that the death of a human being as a result of a controlled substance transaction, would subject the person providing the controlled substance up to life imprisonment.
Approval of Amendment N
June 21, 2018 H7409 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE
Excludes veterinary hospitals, residences used to care for no more than 4 animals as kennels. Exempts residential settings from obtaining kennel license.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 S2510 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- ANIMAL CARE
Amends the definition of a kennel to exclude a residence where for a fee, a person provides sheltering, feeding and watering, of not more than 4 animals, not owned by the person.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 H7136 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - TANNING FACILITY SAFETY STANDARDS ACT
Prohibits the use of tanning facilities by persons less than eighteen (18) years of age.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 S2299 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - TANNING FACILITY SAFETY STANDARDS ACT
Prohibits the use of tanning facilities by persons less than eighteen (18) years of age.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2018 S2009 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION
Allows school committees and the Rhode Island Society of Technology Educators ("RISTE") to enter into joint purchase agreements for the purchase of technology and IT infrastructure.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 S2987 AN ACT RELATING TO THE 9/11 MEMORIAL
Directs the department of administration to add the names of Rhode Island residents who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to be added to the 9/11 Memorial located in the state house.
Passage Y
June 21, 2018 H7816 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- TAX SALES
Expedites the foreclosure procedure on vacant property.
Passage In Concurrence N
June 20, 2018 S2609 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT
Allows for security deposits on furniture when a furnished apartment is leased.
Passage Y
June 20, 2018 S2952 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS
Amends the criminal offense for placing bombs or falsely reporting bomb threats and criminalizes the possession of materials readily convertible to a bomb or explosive device.
Passage Y
June 20, 2018 S2288 AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW - GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS - UNIFORM FRAUDULENT TRANSFER ACT
Renames title to be called Uniform Voidable Transaction Act/amends definition of "person"/adds substantive/procedural changes.
Passage Y
June 20, 2018 S2091 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- TAX SALES
Expedites the foreclosure procedure on vacant property.
Passage N
June 20, 2018 S2408 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND DISCIPLINE
Authorizes hospital medical staff to elect whether or not to participate in a maintenance of certification program, to elect medical specialty board to implement the program and prohibits insurers from denying reimbursement based solely on this election
Passage Y
June 20, 2018 S2085 AN ACT RELATING TO AN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 330 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 1997 ENTITLED "AN ACT TO CREATE A SEWER AUTHORITY FOR THE TOWN OF COVENTRY AND TO AUTHORIZE SAID TOWN TO PLAN, CONSTRUCT, FINANCE, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN SEWAGE WORKS"
Amends Coventry's sewer system enabling legislation to allow appropriations from town tax fund for wastewater system sewers/projects only after voter approval.
Passage Y
June 20, 2018 S2113 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM
Requires that public schools of this state, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through and including grade twelve (12), would annually provide access for every student to at least one field trip to a nature preserve, reserve, or conservatory.
Passage Y
June 20, 2018 S2985 AN ACT RELATING TO HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE
Sets aside the second Saturday in the month of April annually to be known as Historical Cemetery Restoration/Awareness Day.
Passage Y
June 20, 2018 H8166 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS ACT
Applies to settlement of St. Joseph Hospital Retirement Plan settlements/joint tortfeasors' releases.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 20, 2018 H7569 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Would require hospitals to offer flu vaccinations to all inpatient individuals sixty-five (65) years of age or older unless the person has a condition that would not allow such vaccination or if the vaccine is in short supply.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 20, 2018 H7200 AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2019
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2516 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Prohibits nonprofit hospitals from real and personal property tax exemptions if nonprofit converts to a for-profit and then back to a nonprofit.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2855 AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION AND EDUCATION
Temporarily expands incentives to enhance the school housing aid ratio to encourage new school and renovation projects.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2343 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- STATE DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
Authorizes the council on elementary and secondary education to waive certain provisions of the laws for public schools but would prohibit the waiver of other listed provisions.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2506 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT
Establishes and requires funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2182 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT]
Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to incorporate substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention into the health education curriculum.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2179 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS
Requires that effective January 1, 2019, all school buildings where students are in attendance would be required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2358 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - BIODIESEL HEATING OIL ACT OF 2013
Adds a definition for "fuel oil terminal" for the purposes of the Biodiesel heating oil act of 2013.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2357 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- RENEWABLE ENERGY GROWTH PROGRAM
Amends the annual bidding and enrollment process pursuant to this chapter.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2045 AN ACT RELATING TO VIDEO LOTTERY GAMES, TABLE GAMES AND SPORTS WAGERING
Authorizes the implementation and operation of sports wagering at the Twin River and Tiverton gaming facilities.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2970 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Authorizes the city of Central Falls to exempt Plat 1, Lot 171 in Central Falls from the provisions of § 3-17-19 thereby making a business located on that property to be eligible to obtain a Class B liquor license.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2972 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF CUMBERLAND TO ISSUE NOT TO EXCEED $83,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, IMPROVEMENT, ALTERATION, REPAIR, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE TOWN, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF STATE HOUSING AID AT A REIMBURSEMENT RATE OR STATE SHARE RATIO OF NOT LESS THAN 50% FOR EXPENDITURES ELIGIBLE FOR STATE AID AND PROVIDED THAT THE AUTHORIZATION SHALL BE REDUCED BY ANY GRANT RECEIVED FROM THE SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY CAPITAL FUND
Authorizes the Town of Cumberland to issue bonds and notes in an amount not exceeding $83,000,000.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2413 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- ZONING ORDINANCES
Amends the "building height" definition in chapter 24 of title 45 (zoning ordinances) for property in special flood hazard areas. The building height would be measured from the base flood elevation.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2823 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE -- COURTS - LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS - USE OF LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Protects communications between language interpreters appointed under this chapter and limited-English-proficient persons.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2030 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN - CONFINEMENT IN MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED
Repeals requirement that law enforcement officers issue only warnings of the risks to persons leaving child under 7 years unattended in motor vehicle.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2435 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - ORDINANCES
Allows cities and towns to issue violations to vehicles which are used for illegal dumping of materials, pursuant to city and town ordinances.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2531 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- CONSENT TO MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CARE
Provides that any person, including, but not limited to, a minor who is pregnant, could give effective consent for medical, dental, health and hospital services relating to prenatal, delivery, and post-delivery care.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2400 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE
Allows pregnant women with an annual family income above applicable Medicaid income limit to be eligible to purchase health insurance through one of the Medicaid managed care plans.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2967 SENATE RESOLUTION AMENDING THE RULES OF THE SENATE
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2688 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - AUTOMATED SCHOOL-ZONE-SPEED-ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM
Requires the use of yellow, flashing school zone speed signs and require written warning citations for first offenses, a fine up to forty-five dollars ($45) for second offenses and referral to the traffic tribunal for all subsequent offenses.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2612 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Requires all candidates for United States President and Vice President file copies of their last five (5) years of federal income tax returns with the state board of elections no later than fifty (50) days prior to the general election.
Passage N
June 19, 2018 S2145 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- ELECTRONIC RECORDING
Authorizes a city or town clerk/recorder of deeds, at the clerk's/recorder's option, to accept electronic documents for recording real property and land records and to index and store those documents.
Passage as Amended Y
June 19, 2018 S2145 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- ELECTRONIC RECORDING
Authorizes a city or town clerk/recorder of deeds, at the clerk's/recorder's option, to accept electronic documents for recording real property and land records and to index and store those documents.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 19, 2018 S2947 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - SCHEDULING
Establish a uniform election day for all local and special elections.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2699 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES--SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Extends protection to domestic servants/includes retaliation as unlawful practice and requires employers of 4 or more employees to conduct sexual harassment programs for new employees within 1 month of the date of hire/all employees by September 1, 2018.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2682 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - TRESPASS AND ACTIONS FOR POSSESSION
Prohibits encroachment upon open space land and allows the owner of open space land or holder of a conservation restriction to bring a civil action in superior court to remedy the encroachment of that land, and to recover damages.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2446 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS
Allows any voter who has designated their political party affiliation to change that affiliation on or before the 30th day preceding any primary.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2871 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING
Provides an opportunity for employees affected by plant closings or mass layoffs to furnish competitive bids to purchase businesses otherwise at risk of reducing workforce.
Passage N
June 19, 2018 S2158 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- MUNICIPAL POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS' ARBITRATION
Relieves municipal police bargaining representatives from their obligation to represent employees in grievances/arbitrations if they were not members of the bargaining unit within the ninety (90) days prior to the events that caused the grievance.
Passage N
June 19, 2018 S2471 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY WORKPLACE
Creates the "Healthy Workplace Act of 2018" and establishes a cause of action against employers and employees for workplace bullying, harassment and other abusive conduct that is tolerated by employers.
Passage N
June 19, 2018 S2545 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Requires insurance coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2503 SENATE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATION REFORM ACT (MERA) OF 1993, AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE RHODE ISLAND'S OVERALL EDUCATION STANDARDS AND GOVERNANCE
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 H8142 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Allows the city of Providence to exempt 11 Lowell Avenue, 187 Pocasset Avenue and 191 Pocasset Avenue from the provisions of § 3-7-19 which would prohibit the retail sale of alcoholic beverages at that location.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 19, 2018 H7366 AN ACT RELATING TO THE JUNIPER HILL CEMETERY, AMENDING AND INCORPORATING THE ORIGINAL ACT OF INCORPORATION PASSED AT THE JANUARY, 1856 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AS SUBSEQUENTLY AMENDED AT THE JANUARY, 1884, AND THE JANUARY, 1887 SESSIONS, AND NOW FURTHER AMENDED
Rearranges, restates, and further amends the act of 1856 incorporating The Juniper Hill Cemetery in the town of Bristol, as amended.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 19, 2018 S2944 AN ACT RELATING TO TAX INCREMENT FINANCING IN THE TOWN OF MIDDLETOWN
Permits the Middletown town council to choose the assessment date to be the baseline for its tax increment area.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2943 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE TO FINANCE THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF A NEW HIGH SCHOOL AND ALL EXPENSES INCIDENT THERETO, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COSTS OF DESIGN, DEMOLITION, ATHLETIC FIELDS, LANDSCAPING AND PARKING BY THE ISSUANCE OF NOT MORE THAN $189,500,000 BONDS, NOTES AND/OR OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF STATE HOUSING AID AT A REIMBURSEMENT RATE OR STATE SHARE RATIO OF NOT LESS THAN 50% FOR EXPENDITURES ELIGIBLE FOR STATE AID AND PROVIDED THAT THE AUTHORIZATION SHALL BE REDUCED BY ANY GRANT RECEIVED FROM THE SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY CAPITAL FUND
Authorizes the city of East Providence to issue not more than $189,500,000 bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the acquisition, construction, furnishing and equipping of a new high school.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2919 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO PROVIDE FOR THE RENOVATION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF PUBLIC RECREATION FACILITIES IN THE CITY INCLUDING LAND ACQUISITION AND AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $4,500,000 BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE TWO FISCAL YEARS 2020 AND 2021
Authorizes Pawtucket to issue not more than $4,500,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences renovation, construction, reconstruction and equipping of public recreation facilities of indebtedness to finance and all costs related thereto.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2918 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO PROVIDE FOR THE PLANNING, EVALUATION, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SANITARY SEWERS AND STORM SEWERS IN THE CITY AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $1,500,000 BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE TWO FISCAL YEARS 2020 AND 2021
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to issue not more than $1,500,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the planning, evaluation, design, construction and reconstruction of the sewer and sanitation system.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2917 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO PROVIDE FOR THE REPAVING OF STREETS IN THE CITY AND ALL COSTS RELATED THERETO AND AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $5,000,000 BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE TWO FISCAL YEARS 2020 AND 2021
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to issue not more than $5,000,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the repaving of streets and all costs related thereto.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2916 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO PROVIDE FOR THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR OF STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DRAINAGE AND LANDSCAPING AND AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $7,000,000 BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE TWO FISCAL YEARS 2020 AND 2021
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to issue not more than $7,000,000 bonds for streets and sidewalks.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2412 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - ZONING ORDINANCES
Requires written notice of public hearing to all real property owners when proposed zoning amendment seeks to merge lots of those owners.
Passage as Amended Y
June 19, 2018 S2412 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - ZONING ORDINANCES
Requires written notice of public hearing to all real property owners when proposed zoning amendment seeks to merge lots of those owners.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 19, 2018 S2872 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES -- POLICE CHIEF EMERITUS GARY MALIKOWSKI
Authorizes a police chief emeritus special license plate for Gary Malikowski, former police chief of West Greenwich.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2359 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- MAINTENANCE OF PRIVATE EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY
Requires easement benefited property owners to pay costs to maintain easements or rights-of-way of property of another.
Passage as Amended Y
June 19, 2018 S2359 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- MAINTENANCE OF PRIVATE EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY
Requires easement benefited property owners to pay costs to maintain easements or rights-of-way of property of another.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 19, 2018 S2862 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE -- PROCEDURE GENERALLY
Provides that an open and obvious danger or defect is not a complete bar to recovery of damages in personal injury or property damage actions.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2760 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES
Allows a judge to impose blood or urine testing and the use of an ignition interlock system upon persons seeking a conditional hardship license.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2683 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN
Establishes the Rhode Island chapter of the children’s advocacy center, a community based organization that would provide a child-friendly, safe and neutral location from which a multidisciplinary team would act in response to child abuse allegations.
Passage as Amended Y
June 19, 2018 S2683 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN
Establishes the Rhode Island chapter of the children’s advocacy center, a community based organization that would provide a child-friendly, safe and neutral location from which a multidisciplinary team would act in response to child abuse allegations.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 19, 2018 S2429 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - FAMILY COURT
Expands jurisdiction of the family court related to custody or guardianship of immigrant children to include immigrant persons between (18) years and (21) years of age for purposes of abuse and neglect determinations in accordance with federal law.
Passage as Amended Y
June 19, 2018 S2429 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - FAMILY COURT
Expands jurisdiction of the family court related to custody or guardianship of immigrant children to include immigrant persons between (18) years and (21) years of age for purposes of abuse and neglect determinations in accordance with federal law.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 19, 2018 S2134 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL -- GUN CRIMES REPORT
Directs the attorney general to report annually to the general assembly on the incidence and disposition of crimes involving guns.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2859 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES - STEP THERAPY PROTOCOL
Requires health insurers, nonprofit hospital service corporations, nonprofit medical service corporations and health maintenance organizations that issue policies that provide coverage for prescription drugs and use step therapy protocols.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2942 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES
Authorizes Newport to set the effective tax rate applicable to any property class in an amount not to exceed by 50% the rate applicable to any other class in the first year following a comprehensive revaluation or any update.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2940 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Authorizes Barrington tax exemption for veterans, widows, and gold star parents.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2220 JOINT RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS AND THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO INCREASE CERTAIN DIRECT AND HOME CARE WORKER WAGES
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2208 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- INSURANCE BENEFITS
Entitles correctional officers with twenty-five (25) years of service and who are at least fifty-five (55) years of age to a non-Medicare-eligible retiree health care insurance benefit.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2015 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASELOAD ESTIMATING CONFERENCES
Requires the participation and input of the EOHHS, DHS, DCYF and BHDDH in medical assistance and public assistance caseload estimating conferences and the generation of monthly data to the members of the caseload estimating conference.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2013 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX
Provides for a voluntary deduction from any refund from the Rhode Island personal income tax for a contribution to the substance use and mental health leadership council of RI.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2500 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Requires the office of energy resources to conduct a study to verify the energy savings measures from the state energy efficiency programs.
Passage Y
June 19, 2018 S2008 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS - NET NEUTRALITY
Requires Internet service providers to follow Internet service neutrality requirements.
Passage Y
June 14, 2018 H7543 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PARTY CONVENTIONS
Removes the requirement that each political party convene every two (2) years to adopt a platform.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 14, 2018 H7776 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL CODE PROVISIONS
Amends several provisions relative to truck size and weight limitations to be compatible with federal law.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 14, 2018 S2557 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL CODE PROVISIONS
Amends several provisions relative to truck size and weight limitations to be compatible with federal law.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 14, 2018 S2867 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES
Makes driving under the influence with any child under thirteen (13) years of age in the vehicle a felony punishable by up to five (5) years imprisonment, a five thousand dollar ($5,000) fine, and a loss of license of up to two (2) years.
Passage Y
June 14, 2018 S2785 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
Authorizes state to seek waiver of ACA to allow qualified small business owners/sole properties to purchase small group health insurance on cost/impact assessment by OHIC provide coverage for essential health benefit categories/services.
Passage as Amended Y
June 14, 2018 S2785 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
Authorizes state to seek waiver of ACA to allow qualified small business owners/sole properties to purchase small group health insurance on cost/impact assessment by OHIC provide coverage for essential health benefit categories/services.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 13, 2018 S2811 AN ACT RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - PERMANENT JOINT COMMITTEE ON NAMING ALL NEW BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, EDIFICES AND OTHER STATE CONSTRUCTIONS
Authorizes that the building at 4 Howard Avenue in the city of Cranston would hereafter be named and known as the "Attorney General Julius C. Michaelson Customer Service Center."
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2938 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - RETAIL LICENSES
Exempts property located at 161 Douglas Avenue, Providence, from prohibition of sale of alcoholic beverages within two hundred feet (200') of any school or church.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2937 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Exempts two locations in the city of Providence from the objection provisions afforded to schools and churches as adjoining property owners of prospective liquor license holders.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2924 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Allows waiver of prior claimed common law rights by corp./LLC officers/Enlarges advisory council from 16 to 17 members/Imposes certain limitations on payments to injured employees/Authorizes uninsured protection fund to promulgate rules and regulations.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2923 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO ISSUE NOT TO EXCEED $220,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, IMPROVEMENT, ALTERATION, REPAIR, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF STATE HOUSING AID AT A REIMBURSEMENT RATE OR STATE SHARE RATIO OF NOT LESS THAN 75% FOR EXPENDITURES ELIGIBLE FOR STATE AID AND PROVIDED THAT THE AUTHORIZATION SHALL BE REDUCED BY ANY GRANT RECEIVED FROM THE SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY CAPITAL FUND
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to issue not more than $220,000,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2922 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR OF BRIDGES AND ALL COSTS INCIDENTAL OR RELATED THERETO AND AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $1,000,000 BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE TWO FISCAL YEARS 2020 AND 2021
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to issue not more than $1,000,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the construction, reconstruction and repair of bridges and all costs incidental or related thereto.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2921 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO PROVIDE FOR THE IMPROVEMENT AND REPLACEMENT OF ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES IN THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET AND AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $1,000,000 BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE TWO FISCAL YEARS 2020 AND 2021
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to issue not more than $1,000,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the improvement and replacement of road safety improvements.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2920 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT, REPAIR, ALTERATION, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN THE CITY AND AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING THEREOF, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF NOT MORE THAN $5,000,000 BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS THEREFOR, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE TWO FISCAL YEARS 2020 AND 2021
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to issue not more than $5,000,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance the construction, renovation, improvement, repair, alteration, furnishing and equipping of public buildings.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2913 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF JAMESTOWN TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $5,900,000 TO FINANCE REPLACEMENTS, RENOVATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT AT THE JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Authorizes the town of Jamestown to issue not more than $5,900,000 bonds and notes to finance various improvements and related equipment at the town of Jamestown's schools.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2912 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF JAMESTOWN TO FINANCE LIBRARY RENOVATIONS, REPAIRS AND/OR EXPANSION AND RELATED EQUIPMENT BY THE ISSUANCE OF NOT MORE THAN $1,000,000 BONDS AND NOTES THEREFOR
Authorizes the Town of Jamestown to issue not more than $1,000,000 bonds and notes to finance various improvements at the town of Jamestown's library and related equipment.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2911 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF JAMESTOWN TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,900,000 TO FINANCE NEW CONSTRUCTION, DEMOLITION, RENOVATIONS AND/OR IMPROVEMENTS TO JAMESTOWN GOLF COURSE AND FACILITIES AT 245 CONANICUS AVENUE AND RELATED EQUIPMENT
Authorizes the Town of Jamestown to issue not more than $2,900,000 bonds and notes to finance various improvements at the town of Jamestown's golf course and facilities and related equipment.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2857 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Increases the number of years that the town of West Greenwich may enter into tax stabilization agreements from ten (10) to twelve (12).
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2656 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION - EXEMPTION FOR INDIGENT AND INFIRM PERSONS IN THE TOWN OF WEST GREENWICH
Permits the town of West Greenwich to create five (5) year tax liens on real estate owned by infirm and indigent persons in lieu of paying regular taxes where those persons have been determined as unable to pay by the assessor.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2010 AN ACT RELATING TO COVENTRY SEWER AUTHORITY
Prohibits the town of Coventry from charging its sewage works' users more than the interest the town has actually paid for its borrowed funds for sewage works' purposes.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2955 AN ACT RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION - COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Amends membership of Coastal Resources Management Council.
Passage Y
June 13, 2018 S2397 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- HEALTH CARE FACILITIES STAFFING
Broadens definition of "employee" to include assistants/technologists providing direct medical care to patients and allows union/association to file appeal to personnel appeal board.
Passage as Amended R
June 13, 2018 S2397 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- HEALTH CARE FACILITIES STAFFING
Broadens definition of "employee" to include assistants/technologists providing direct medical care to patients and allows union/association to file appeal to personnel appeal board.
Approval of Amendment R
June 12, 2018 S2614 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - VITAL RECORDS
Requires that a death certificate reflect the decedent’s gender identity, as reported by the next of kin.
Passage as Amended Y
June 12, 2018 S2614 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - VITAL RECORDS
Requires that a death certificate reflect the decedent’s gender identity, as reported by the next of kin.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 12, 2018 S2577 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- OFFICE OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
Provides that the state medical examiner is to conduct a multi-disciplinary team review of drug-related overdose deaths.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2575 SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY POTENTIAL REFORM OF VICIOUS DOGS HEARINGS
Creates a 10 member commission to study potential reform of vicious dogs hearings, and who would report back to the General Assembly by March 1, 2019, and expire on July 1, 2019.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2458 AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN - PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT
Narrows the definition of an adult for the purposes of proceedings in family court to only those eighteen (18) years of age and older.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2426 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - UNINSURED MOTORIST IDENTIFICATION DATABASE PROCEDURE
Mandates each motor vehicle policy insurer provide a weekly record of each policy to the department of motor vehicles. A vehicle owner not insured for four (4) reporting periods must be notified to meet certain requirements.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2285 AN ACT RELATING TO PROBATE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - ELECTIVE SHARE
Clarifies the right of a surviving spouse of a decedent regarding elective shares taken against the decedent's will relating to real and personal estate to the estates of decedents dying on and after July 1, 2018.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2284 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - FLASHING VEHICLE LIGHTS
Enables newspaper motor route carriers to have installed upon them forward viewing a rotating amber beam lights.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2135 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Increases the penalty for repeat convictions for animal cruelty.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2502 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- HAWKERS AND PEDDLERS
Provides for the standardization of mobile food establishment registrations by the department of business regulation to streamline the registration process.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2332 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- DUTIES OF UTILITIES AND CARRIERS
Requires pub. utilities/electric distribution co. to provide prompt/adequate service to ratepayers for new service/ upgrades w/penalty of up to $1,000 with electric distribution co. to provide written estimates/itemized bill for work in excess of $500.
Passage Y
June 12, 2018 S2330 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- ELECTRIC GENERATION SERVICE
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a purchase of receivables program where the electric distribution company purchases the receivables of a nonregulated power producer at a discount rate.
Passage Y
June 07, 2018 S2907 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Requires RIPTA to hold public hearing at least 30 days prior any bus route change in the affected neighborhood and provide a neighborhood impact statement to local and state officials.
Passage Y
June 07, 2018 S2934 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HEALTH CARE--HEALTH INSURANCE
Establishes the Rhode Island reinsurance program and restricted receipt account, from federal funding, administered by the director of the Rhode Island health benefits exchange, to mitigate the impact of high-risk individuals on health insurance rates.
Passage Y
June 07, 2018 S2931 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
Provides that health insurance coverage would cover short-term limited duration policies and certain policies that pay on a cost-incurred basis.
Passage Y
June 07, 2018 S2930 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- NALOXONE ACCESS
Requires the director of the department of health to develop best practices for co-prescribing opioid antagonists to patients who are prescribed opioid analgesics.
Passage Y
June 07, 2018 S2077 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - UNANTICIPATED OUT-OF-NETWORK BILLS FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Protects people with health insurance from surprise medical bills for emergency and other services by requiring a non-participating health care provider to bill an insured party only for a co-payment, or deductible.
Passage as Amended Y
June 07, 2018 S2077 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - UNANTICIPATED OUT-OF-NETWORK BILLS FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Protects people with health insurance from surprise medical bills for emergency and other services by requiring a non-participating health care provider to bill an insured party only for a co-payment, or deductible.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 06, 2018 S2915 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF NORTH KINGSTOWN TO FINANCE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATIONS, REMEDIATION, ALTERATIONS, ADDITIONS AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR RELATED EQUIPMENT AND TO ISSUE NOT MORE THAN $27,000,000 BONDS AND NOTES THEREFOR, OF WHICH UP TO $13,500,000 IS FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES AND UP TO $13,500,000 IS FOR OTHER TOWN PURPOSES
Passage Y
June 06, 2018 S2914 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF CUMBERLAND, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS, TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND/OR NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,500,000 FOR STREET PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS IN THE TOWN
Authorizes the town of Cumberland to issue two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) of the general obligation bonds and notes in order to finance street pavement improvements.
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS Y
June 06, 2018 S2341 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES
Removes the requirement that a student with disabilities be a college student in order to be eligible to participate in the Mary Brennan fellowship fund program and also removes the requirement that the fellowship program take place in Providence.
Passage Y
June 06, 2018 S2186 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Authorizes school committees to appoint one designee to the board of directors of the governing body of certain charter public schools which students from the district attend.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 H7982 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Continues status quo for licensing of approved recipients under DACA program; however, issuance of license does not confer right to vote eff. 12/3/18.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 S2906 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- GENERAL POWERS
Repeals the authorization for the town of Lincoln to establish municipal court (§ 45-2-51), and adopts an extensive authorization for the town of Lincoln to establish a municipal court – municipal housing court.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 S2896 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2016
Allows distribution and utilization of narcotic testing products to assist persons in determining whether drugs contain toxic substances.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 S2686 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- GENERAL POWERS
Authorizes the Middletown municipal court to impose fines not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for the violation of the town's short-term residential leases ordinance. Such violation shall be considered a civil violation.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 S2592 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - MOTOR CARRIER TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS
Renders void and unenforceable any motor transportation contract term indemnifying an indemnitee from or against its own negligence, intentional acts or omissions in contracts entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of the chapter.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 S2444 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - CASUALTY INSURANCE GENERALLY
Includes coverage for residential property for vandalism and malicious mischief unless the property has been vacant for more than sixty (60) days.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 S2442 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- REAL ESTATE SALES DISCLOSURES
Requires that any use of a premises for marijuana cultivation be disclosed in any real estate transaction.
Passage Y
June 05, 2018 S2006 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS-NOMINATION OF PARTY AND INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES-CITY OF WOONSOCKET
Provides that nomination papers for certain candidates for citywide nonpartisan office in the city of Woonsocket would require at least one hundred (100) signatures.
Passage Y
May 31, 2018 S2447 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS
Entitles person to have criminal conviction records expunged if the offense is decriminalized subsequent to the conviction.
Passage Y
May 31, 2018 S2226 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES - INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION
Requires hospitals to offer immunization against influenza virus to all inpatients sixty-five (65) years of age or older from October to March of the following year.
Passage as Amended Y
May 31, 2018 S2226 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES - INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION
Requires hospitals to offer immunization against influenza virus to all inpatients sixty-five (65) years of age or older from October to March of the following year.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 31, 2018 H7688 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS -- CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS
Authorizes the supreme court to issue "extreme risk protections orders" requiring the surrender of all firearms from persons determined to be capable of causing personal injury.
Passage In Concurrence Y
May 31, 2018 H7075 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS
Makes possession bump stocks, binary triggers or trigger cranks punishable by up to10 years in imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine and penalizes modification of semi-automatic weapons to full automatic fire with a single pull or hold in the same way.
Passage In Concurrence Y
May 31, 2018 S2799 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- PARTY CONVENTIONS
Removes the requirement that each political party convene every two (2) years to adopt a platform.
Passage Y
May 31, 2018 S2798 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- MAIL BALLOTS
Amends the time within which mail ballots must be returned to the state board of elections and the time to commence the counting of mail ballots on election day, from nine o'clock (9:00) p.m. to eight o'clock (8:00) p.m.
Passage Y
May 31, 2018 S2689 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS
Grants the district and family courts the explicit statutory authority to issue equitable orders incidental to their adjudication of matters falling within their jurisdiction under this chapter.
Passage as Amended Y
May 31, 2018 S2689 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS
Grants the district and family courts the explicit statutory authority to issue equitable orders incidental to their adjudication of matters falling within their jurisdiction under this chapter.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 31, 2018 S2604 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -GENERAL PROVISIONS
Delineates the definitions of felony, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor.
Passage as Amended Y
May 31, 2018 S2604 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -GENERAL PROVISIONS
Delineates the definitions of felony, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 31, 2018 S2562 AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW--GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS -- CONSUMER EMPOWERMENT AND IDENTITY PREVENTION ACT OF 2006
Provides that a consumer report agency may not charge a consumer a fee for any security freeze service. Effective September 1, 2018.
Passage Y
May 31, 2018 S2530 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Expands the current law so that RI adult residents would be included in the department of health immunization registry presently maintained for children. Also provides that any person may opt-out of the registry by contacting the department.
Passage N
May 31, 2018 S2909 AN ACT RELATING TO CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM -- 2018 BOND REFERENDA
Submits 2018 capital development program requesting the issuance of $375,500,000 in general obligation bonds to the voters for approval at the November 6, 2018, general election.
Passage Y
May 30, 2018 H7419 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS
Prohibits the advertising of unhealthy food and beverage products in schools that do not meet minimum federal and state governmental nutrition standards.
Passage In Concurrence Y
May 30, 2018 S2847 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - LICENSES
Amends procedures regarding local liquor license appeals.
Passage Y
May 30, 2018 S2020 AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 330 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 1997 AS AMENDED BY CHAPTER 140 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 2006, PERTAINING TO SEWERS IN THE TOWN OF COVENTRY
An abutting owner or occupant of land upon any Coventry street in which there is a sewer would not be required to connect to the town sewage works, unless there is a sale or transfer of the property, or when the town council so orders.
Passage as Amended Y
May 30, 2018 S2020 AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 330 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 1997 AS AMENDED BY CHAPTER 140 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 2006, PERTAINING TO SEWERS IN THE TOWN OF COVENTRY
An abutting owner or occupant of land upon any Coventry street in which there is a sewer would not be required to connect to the town sewage works, unless there is a sale or transfer of the property, or when the town council so orders.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 30, 2018 S2777 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DOGS
Prohibits the sale of dogs until fully weaned unless approval for sale in writing is obtained from a licensed veterinarian. Violations are punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or $1,000, or both. Pounds and shelters are exempt.
Passage Y
May 30, 2018 S2510 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- ANIMAL CARE
Amends the definition of a kennel to exclude a residence where for a fee, a person provides sheltering, feeding and watering, of not more than 4 animals, not owned by the person.
Passage Y
May 30, 2018 S2055 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CARE OF DOGS
Defines the term "adequate shelter" where dogs may be kept. It would limit the weight of any dog chain or tether to one-eighth (1/8) of the dogs total body weight. In addition it would limit the time dogs may be tethered outdoors.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2870 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - INSURANCE RATES
Prevents credit history or score from being used to determine insurance rates.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2440 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - VOTER REGISTRATION
Requires the secretary of state to notify the appropriate elected official of a newly registered voter's most recent former place of residence, only if it is located outside of Rhode Island.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2427 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES
Requires notice to the assessor of new subdivisions of land and provides for a proration of real estate taxes to be applied thereto.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2423 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS
Increases the maximum administrative penalty levied against real estate brokers and salespersons from one thousand dollars ($1,000) to two thousand dollars ($2,000) per violation.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2420 JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ANY CHANGES TO THE LAW, COURT RULES OR TO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES CURRENTLY IN PLACE TO ENHANCE THE TIMELY AND COMPLETE DISCLOSURE OF DISCOVERABLE MATERIAL IN CRIMINAL CASES
Creates an 11 member task force to study changes to the law, court, or policies and procedures to enhance timely and complete disclosure of discoverable material in criminal cases, and would report back by January 1, 2020, and expire January 1, 2022.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2291 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- CELL PHONE TRACKING
Provides that cell phone tracking notice and warrant requirements do not apply to location information obtained by court order intercepting wire/oral communications or pen registers/trap and trace devices.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2789 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS
Permits the substitution by a developer of sprinklers in new developments instead of cisterns or water reservoirs for fire suppression, if allowed by ordinance.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2554 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - RHODE ISLAND LIVABLE HOME MODIFICATION ACT
Establishes the Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant allowing individuals to retrofit their residence to nationally recognized accessibility standards and receive fifty percent (50%) of the total sum spent, up to five thousand dollars ($5,000).
Passage as Amended Y
May 29, 2018 S2554 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - RHODE ISLAND LIVABLE HOME MODIFICATION ACT
Establishes the Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant allowing individuals to retrofit their residence to nationally recognized accessibility standards and receive fifty percent (50%) of the total sum spent, up to five thousand dollars ($5,000).
Approval of Amendment Y
May 29, 2018 S2086 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Requires DOT to identify the impact of Rhode Works projects and the realignment of the Newport Bridge ramps on Rhode Island small business commercial areas.
Passage Y
May 29, 2018 S2279 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - HOMICIDE
Known and may be cited as Kristen's Law, and would provide that the death of a human being as a result of a controlled substance transaction, would subject the person providing the controlled substance up to life imprisonment.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2865 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - PROCEDURES GENERALLY - CAUSES OF ACTION
Allows a minor to bring specified malpractice actions at any time up to reaching twenty-one (21) years of age.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2691 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN
Transfers jurisdiction of the offenses in § 11-9-5 of the general laws ("cruelty to or neglect of child") from the Rhode Island Family Court to the Rhode Island Superior Court.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2632 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
Limits the number of registered sex offenders in any facility that operates as a homeless shelter whether on state or private property. Those limits may be exceeded if the facility complies with the provisions of § 11-37.1-21(c).
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2607 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS CONTRACTORS - REGISTRATION AND LICENSING BOARD
Distinguishes the criminal penalties for violating a final order of the Contractors' Registration Board. Judgments less than $5,000 are misdemeanors; judgments $5,000 or more are felonies.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2603 AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY -- FISCAL NOTES
Establishes special requirements for fiscal impact statements relative to the department of corrections.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2597 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- PAYMENT OF WAGES
Provides the method by which records are to be furnished relative to an employee's statement of earnings.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2589 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - FOOD DONATIONS
Provides immunity to persons donating food to food banks.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2570 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - PROCEDURE GENERALLY - THE STATE FALSE CLAIM ACT
Amends the State False Claims Act to reflect amendments to the Federal False Claims Act.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2492 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS -- CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS
Authorizes the supreme court to issue "extreme risk protections orders" requiring the surrender of all firearms from persons determined to be capable of causing personal injury.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2453 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY - BENEFITS
Raises the minimum attorneys' fee awarded to a claimant from fifty dollars ($50) to two hundred fifty dollars ($250) in certain instances in unemployment compensation matters.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2308 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS -- ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS
Excludes evaluations or other personnel records of public school employees from being deemed public records.
Passage Y
May 24, 2018 S2292 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS
Makes possession or use of a semi-automatic weapon rapid fire device to include bump stock, binary trigger or trigger crank punishable by up to ten (10) years imprisonment and/or a ten thousand dollars ($10,000) fine.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2873 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Amends the hours of operation for Class A liquor license holders in Central Falls.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2846 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Allows the city of Providence to exempt 11 Lowell Avenue, 187 Pocasset Avenue and 191 Pocasset Avenue from the provisions of § 3-7-19 which would prohibit the retail sale of alcoholic beverages at that location.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2824 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ADVISORY COMMISSION ON HISTORICAL CEMETERIES
Authorizes the advisory committee on historical cemeteries to revive the program for marking governors' graves. The department of administration would administer the funding for the plaque.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2484 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Allows the division of motor vehicles to issue a courtesy registration plate for a vehicle that is registered as street rod or custom vehicle pursuant to § 31-3-31.1
Passage as Amended Y
May 23, 2018 S2484 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Allows the division of motor vehicles to issue a courtesy registration plate for a vehicle that is registered as street rod or custom vehicle pursuant to § 31-3-31.1
Approval of Amendment Y
May 23, 2018 S2678 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Continues status quo for licensing of approved recipients under DACA program; however, issuance of license does not confer right to vote eff. 12/3/18.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2586 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
Implements several provisions of the federal sex offender registration and notification act, to include registration for a litany of federal or military offenses, and specifies what information can or cannot be shared on a public registry website.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2433 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF LICENSES - VIOLATIONS
Allows a person to make satisfactory arrangements for the payment of motor vehicle fines or costs, and would permit a person to request an ability to pay hearing before a license is suspended for failure to pay such fines or costs.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2270 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE AND SALE--MEDIATION CONFERENCE
Extends the sunset provisions to the year 2023, in chapters 325 and 406 of the 2013 public laws in regard to 34-24-3.2, "mediation conference prior to mortgage foreclosure."
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2268 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE HEALTHY PREGNANCIES FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN ACT
Prohibits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners during transport to and from court proceedings by sheriffs and/or incarceration at the ACI with annual reports to the general assembly effective January 1, 2019.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2024 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2016
Adds alcohol and alcohol-related overdoses and possession or transportation of alcohol by an underage person, to the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act.
Passage Y
May 23, 2018 S2022 AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT--VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF CARE ACT
Provides that a child in foster care on eighteenth birthday due to filing of petition may elect to continue with DCYF and under supervision of the court until age twenty-one (21) provided certain circumstances are met.
Passage as Amended Y
May 23, 2018 S2022 AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT--VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF CARE ACT
Provides that a child in foster care on eighteenth birthday due to filing of petition may elect to continue with DCYF and under supervision of the court until age twenty-one (21) provided certain circumstances are met.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 23, 2018 S2762 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS -- LABOR AND PAYMENT OF DEBTS BY CONTRACTORS
Amends the definition of public works so that it would include any public works projects performed for any city or town or quasi-municipal entity and the state and any quasi-state entity.
Passage NV
May 23, 2018 S2734 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- QUALITY SELF-DIRECTED SERVICES -- PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- INDIVIDUAL PROVIDERS OF DIRECT SUPPORT SERVICES
Enables the creation of a public registry of home health aides, giving seniors and individuals living with disabilities another choice when accessing long-term care options.
Passage R
May 23, 2018 S2473 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - APPROPRIATE DISABILITY LANGUAGE
Ensures appropriate disability language is used in job descriptions and statutes.
Passage Y
May 22, 2018 S2710 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- PARKING FACILITIES AND PRIVILEGES
Provides that a vehicle unlawfully parked in a properly marked "handicapped parking" space would be towed at the owners expense.
Passage NV
May 22, 2018 S2287 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - AIRBAG REGULATION
Comprehensively expands the registration of motor vehicle airbags to prohibit the manufacture and importation of substandard airbags and broaden the definition of airbags.
Passage NV
May 22, 2018 S2026 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- REFUSE DISPOSAL
Includes a facility's potential detrimental impact on the community as a factor to be considered when approving the construction or operation of a solid waste management facility.
Passage NV
May 22, 2018 S2133 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS
Protects homeless persons in possession of a service animal, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, from being denied access to any homeless shelter in violation of the ADA or the state or federal Fair Housing Practices Acts.
Passage NV
May 22, 2018 S2543 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS - DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Provides for authorizations for services to developmentally disabled adults issued on or after October 1, 2018, be developed on an annual basis with funding for these services to be issued on an annual basis.
Passage NV
May 22, 2018 S2540 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Includes behavioral health counseling visits and medication maintenance visits as primary care visits for patient cost-sharing requirements under the provisions of a health plan.
Passage as Amended NV
May 22, 2018 S2540 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Includes behavioral health counseling visits and medication maintenance visits as primary care visits for patient cost-sharing requirements under the provisions of a health plan.
Approval of Amendment NV
May 17, 2018 S2868 JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL JOINT TASK FORCE TO STUDY ELDERLY ABUSE AND FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION
Creates a 9 member task force to study the prevalence and impact of elder abuse and exploitation and make recommendations on policies and legislation, and who would report back to the General Assembly by February 1, 2019, and expire on June 30, 2019.
TO STUDY ELDERLY ABUSE Y
May 17, 2018 S2851 AN ACT RELATING TO WEIGHTS AND MEASURES -- PRODUCE SCALES IN MARKETS
Requires sealers of weights and measures appointed by the cities and towns to receive the same fees as charged by the sealers who perform the same inspecting/testing services.
Passage Y
May 15, 2018 S2693 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
Eliminates the waiting period for the granting of a complaint/divorce/separation following the filing of the complaint would shorten the waiting period for the filing of a final judgment for divorce following the hearing at which the divorce is granted.
Passage as Amended Y
May 15, 2018 S2693 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
Eliminates the waiting period for the granting of a complaint/divorce/separation following the filing of the complaint would shorten the waiting period for the filing of a final judgment for divorce following the hearing at which the divorce is granted.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 15, 2018 S2679 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - MOTOR VEHICLE BODY REPLACEMENT PARTS
Provides that insurance companies may not mandate the use of aftermarket parts without the owner's consent on motor vehicles less than 48 months beyond manufacture date.
Passage as Amended Y
May 15, 2018 S2679 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - MOTOR VEHICLE BODY REPLACEMENT PARTS
Provides that insurance companies may not mandate the use of aftermarket parts without the owner's consent on motor vehicles less than 48 months beyond manufacture date.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 15, 2018 S2301 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES
Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.
Passage Y
May 15, 2018 S2098 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- OPEN MEETINGS
Exempts volunteer fire companies under the supervision, control, or jurisdiction of another public body from certain posting requirements of the open meetings act.
Passage Y
May 15, 2018 S2025 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE UNIFORMED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Expands drug awareness programs to high schools, directs funding from certain civil fines and mandates establishment of criteria for funding.
Passage as Amended Y
May 15, 2018 S2025 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE UNIFORMED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Expands drug awareness programs to high schools, directs funding from certain civil fines and mandates establishment of criteria for funding.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 15, 2018 S2538 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - REGISTRATION OF NURSING ASSISTANTS
Allows for a nurse to delegate tasks to certified nursing assistants and authorizes the department of health to promulgate regulations that delineate delegable tasks.
Passage Y
May 10, 2018 S2225 AN ACT RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- POWERS AND DUTIES -- CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROFESSIONALS
Provides that the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals with the power and duty to certify a list of chemical dependency professionals for use by state agencies and for referral of individuals for treatment.
Passage as Amended Y
May 10, 2018 S2225 AN ACT RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- POWERS AND DUTIES -- CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROFESSIONALS
Provides that the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals with the power and duty to certify a list of chemical dependency professionals for use by state agencies and for referral of individuals for treatment.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 10, 2018 S2467 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE HOSPITAL CONVERSION ACT
Requires that parties to a hospital conversion be subject to a review of any defined pension plan.
Passage as Amended Y
May 10, 2018 S2467 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE HOSPITAL CONVERSION ACT
Requires that parties to a hospital conversion be subject to a review of any defined pension plan.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 09, 2018 S2809 AN ACT RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - NAMING THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND WELCOME CENTER
Names the welcome center at the University of Rhode Island "The Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center."
Passage Y
May 09, 2018 S2254 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES -- SPECIAL PLATE FOR FRIENDS OF PLUM BEACH LIGHTHOUSE, INC.
Creates an additional surcharge of $10 for subsequent registration renewals for holders of the Plum Beach Lighthouse license plate, with the funds distributed to Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse Inc. for the protection and upkeep of Plum Beach Lighthouse.
Passage Y
May 09, 2018 S2033 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION FEES--DISABLED VETERANS
Expands and clarifies what constitutes disability entitling disabled veterans to the waiver of motor vehicle registration fees.
Passage Y
May 09, 2018 S2112 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS ACT
Applies to settlement of St. Joseph Hospital Retirement Plan settlements/joint tortfeasors' releases.
Passage Y
May 08, 2018 S2551 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
Establishes aging/disability resource center within division of elderly affairs as part of long-term care system for elderly/disabled persons/family caregivers/providers.
Passage Y
May 08, 2018 S2521 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALES AND USE TAXES--LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION
Exempts from sales and use taxes specialized packaging equipment such as kegs and barrel containers for alcoholic beverages.
Passage Y
May 08, 2018 S2018 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALES AND USE TAXES -- LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION
Adds urns and shrouds, prayer cards and other items customarily sold or provided by a funeral director to those funeral items which are already exempt from sales and use taxes.
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2421 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF ELDERS--ABUSE AND ISOLATION OF ELDERS OR DEPENDENT ADULTS -- THE PETER FALK CRIMINAL ISOLATION OF ELDERS ACT
Criminalizes isolation of an elder or dependent adult and would provide that certain notification requirements be fulfilled on behalf of elder persons or dependent adults.
Passage as Amended Y
May 03, 2018 S2421 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF ELDERS--ABUSE AND ISOLATION OF ELDERS OR DEPENDENT ADULTS -- THE PETER FALK CRIMINAL ISOLATION OF ELDERS ACT
Criminalizes isolation of an elder or dependent adult and would provide that certain notification requirements be fulfilled on behalf of elder persons or dependent adults.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 03, 2018 S2748 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES
Amends the classification table utilized by cities and towns in connection with the assessment of tangible personal property in order to provide clarity to businesses operating within the state.
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2663 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Exempts from taxation all real and personal property located within East Providence of the charitable nonprofit corporation of Foster Forward (formerly the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association).
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2392 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Exempts Associated Radio Amateurs of Southern New England from real and personal property taxes.
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2383 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Allows Tiverton to prorate tax due and payable upon sale of tax exempt property to purchaser holding no tax exempt status for that calendar year.
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2382 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Allows the Tiverton town council to grant, by ordinance, property tax credits and removes the current property assessment value-based tax exemptions for veterans, gold star parents and visually impaired persons.
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2369 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Provides for proration of a homestead exemption in the city of Central Falls in cases when property is transferred during the year for which the exemption is claimed.
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2068 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- MICRO ZONE ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION ACT
Creates micro zones in distressed areas to stimulate economic revitalization/employment opportunities/business development through redevelopment of abandoned industrial/commercial structures.
Passage Y
May 03, 2018 S2017 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
Amends the definition of "disabled", for the purposes of property tax relief, to include veterans who earn less than $30,000 annually, and who receive disability benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2740 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - RETAIL LICENSES
Allows railroad companies who hold a Class G license to serve alcohol at retail aboard its trains and in its controlled station premises up to 60 minutes prior to a train's scheduled departure.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2486 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS - DISABILITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
Expands the existing disability business enterprises program.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2251 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- MANUFACTURING AND WHOLESALE LICENSES
Reduces the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from three thousand dollars ($3,000) to five hundred dollars ($500).
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2249 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Creates a special registration plate for holders of the Eagle Scout badge. The forty dollar ($40.00) surcharge for the plates shall be divided between the general fund and the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2806 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY - BENEFITS
Increases the maximum weekly unemployment benefit rate to the higher of fifty-seven and one-half percent (57.5%) of the average weekly wages paid to workers in the prior calendar year or six hundred sixteen dollars ($616) per week.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2652 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - NET METERING
Expands the definition of eligible net metering resources by including "eligible biomass fuels" as defined in § 39-26-2(6).
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2788 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION--TOWN OF CHARLESTOWN
Authorizes the town of Charlestown, by ordinance, to offer tax dollar credit reductions in lieu of various tax exemptions.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2511 AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE - SHELLFISH GROUNDS
Ensures compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2507 AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE -- LICENSING
Removes the requirement that hunting and fishing licenses may be issued only by town and city clerks.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2363 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- RETAIL SALE OF GASOLINE
Eliminates the requirement that a waiver for fuel content standards be obtained from both weights and measures (DLT) and the department of environmental management (DEM).
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2350 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS
Prohibits the advertising of unhealthy food and beverage products in schools that do not meet minimum federal and state governmental nutrition standards.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2347 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - OUT OF SCHOOL TIME LEARNING COMMISSION
Creates a permanent joint commission to improve and increase the number of quality out of school time learning programs in the state.
Passage Y
May 02, 2018 S2052 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS
Creates a process for the department of education relating to the collection and organization of information concerning the workload and scope of the duties and responsibilities performed by school social workers.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2546 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - COMPREHENSIVE DISCHARGE PLANNING
Requires the directors of BHDDH to develop and implement a program to offer financial incentives to hospitals and emergency facilities that achieve Level 1 certification in level of care.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2669 SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF "PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
Creates a 19 member commission study and provide recommendations on the impact of "Project Sustainability", and who would report back to the Senate by March 1, 2019, and would expire on June 30, 2019.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2553 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - FAMILY CAREGIVERS SUPPORT ACT OF 2013
Requires DHS to seek Medicaid section 1115 waivers to provide caregiver support services for family caregivers, and provides for the creation of annual reports by DHS to track the number of caregiver assessments given by the department.
Passage as Amended R
May 01, 2018 S2553 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - FAMILY CAREGIVERS SUPPORT ACT OF 2013
Requires DHS to seek Medicaid section 1115 waivers to provide caregiver support services for family caregivers, and provides for the creation of annual reports by DHS to track the number of caregiver assessments given by the department.
Approval of Amendment R
May 01, 2018 S2552 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE -- LONG-TERM CARE SERVICE AND FINANCE REFORM
Establishes a public scorecard system to show how long-term care reform is meeting its goals of rebalancing the way services are delivered and moneys are spent on various service types.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2534 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Exempts certain prepackaged manufacturer-supplied steroids and hormones from the pharmaceutical dosage limits contained in the uniform controlled substance act.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2533 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS
Expands certain rights of persons with developmental disabilities.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2643 AN ACT IN AMENDMENT AND CONSOLIDATION OF THE CHARTER OF THE GREATER PROVIDENCE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
Amends and restates the charter of the Greater Providence YMCA and provides for governance by a board of directors.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2335 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- LAND SURVEYORS
Streamlines the application and examination process as well as the educational and experience standards for applicants seeking registration as professional land surveyors.
Passage Y
May 01, 2018 S2320 AN ACT RELATING TO CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND PARTNERSHIPS -- THE RHODE ISLAND LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT
Provides that the alternate window for documents filed with the secretary of state to take effect is increased from up to thirty (30) days to up to ninety (90) days.
Passage Y
April 25, 2018 S2763 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE
Permits the use of an electronic means of transmission of the medical certificate required for issuance of a CDL by the division of motor vehicles.
Passage Y
April 25, 2018 S2259 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- STATE EMBLEMS
Designates the Class A Tall Ship commonly known as the "SSV Oliver Hazard Perry" as the official flagship and tall ship ambassador of the state.
Passage Y
April 11, 2018 S2105 AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE
Requires office of Veteran Affairs to bear the cost of all tolls incurred by any motor vehicles that are part of a veteran's funeral procession, originating from Aquidneck Island and ending at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, for burial or internment.
Passage Y
April 11, 2018 S2653 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- RHODE ISLAND RESOURCE RECOVERY CORPORATION
Removes glass from the materials not permitted as cover materials by the resource recovery corporation.
Passage Y
April 10, 2018 S2638 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - EQUAL PAY DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING
Requires an employer of 100 or more employees to report information as to compensation/hours worked by age/gender/race/ethnicity/job category/occupation/title to DLT eff. 1/1/19.
Passage NV
April 10, 2018 S2619 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- PAYMENT OF WAGES
Creates a legal process to aid employees in collecting their unpaid wages from their employer.
Passage Y
April 10, 2018 S2475 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
Expands the protections and remedies for employees against employers who pay wage differentials based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability; age or country of ancestral origin.
Passage as Amended NV
April 10, 2018 S2475 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
Expands the protections and remedies for employees against employers who pay wage differentials based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability; age or country of ancestral origin.
Approval of Amendment NV
April 10, 2018 S2485 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Creates a Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. motor vehicle license plate.
Passage Y
April 10, 2018 S2581 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSE - ELECTRONIC IMAGING DEVICES
Prohibits the dissemination of any indecent image of another person without authorization for the purpose of harassing, intimidating, threatening another person.
Passage Y
April 10, 2018 S2325 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY SERVICES
Exempts the town of New Shoreham from the jurisdiction of the division of public utilities and carriers for purposes of regulating transportation network companies.
Passage Y
April 10, 2018 S2557 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL CODE PROVISIONS
Amends several provisions relative to truck size and weight limitations to be compatible with federal law.
GENERAL CODE PROVISIONS Y
April 05, 2018 S2489 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - RETAIL LICENSES
Adds prepackaged cheeses to the items allowed for sale at Class A license holders premises in towns or cities of ten thousand (10,000) or more inhabitants.
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2488 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- CERTIFICATES OF TITLE AND SECURITY INTERESTS
Permits the division of motor vehicles to issue a certificate of title to certain types of trailers, including a travel trailer, a fifth wheel trailer, and a park trailer.
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2106 AN ACT RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY -- PERMANENT JOINT COMMITTEE ON NAMING ALL NEW BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, EDIFICES AND OTHER STATE CONSTRUCTIONS -- NEW RHODE ISLAND VETERANS HOME RECREATION ROOM
Names the recreation room at the Rhode Island Veterans Home as the "Michael Andrade Memorial
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2677 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF WARWICK TO ISSUE NOT TO EXCEED $40,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, IMPROVEMENT, ALTERATION, REPAIR, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY, TO FUND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE FISCAL YEARS 2019 THROUGH 2023, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF STATE HOUSING AID AT A REIMBURSEMENT RATE OR STATE SHARE RATIO OF NOT LESS THAN 35% AT THE TIME OF ISSUANCE
Authorizes up to $40,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance school construction.
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2676 SENATE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE GOVERNOR AND RHODE ISLAND COMMERCE CORPORATION, IN CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATION WITH THE RHODE ISLAND CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, DESIGNATE THE BLACKSTONE RIVER CORRIDOR MUNICIPALITIES OF PROVIDENCE, WOONSOCKET, EAST PROVIDENCE, PAWTUCKET, AND CENTRAL FALLS AS A QUALIFIED OPPORTUNITY ZONE PURSUANT TO THE NEW FEDERAL TAX BILL AUTHORIZATIONS
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2675 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- SIZE, WEIGHT AND LOAD LIMITS--MIDDLETOWN
Imposes size and weight restrictions on through traffic on Forest Avenue, Middletown.
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2242 AN ACT RELATING TO THE RICHMOND-CAROLINA FIRE DISTRICT
Repeals and replaces Richmond-Carolina Fire District charter.
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2239 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM
Creates a municipal infrastructure grant program within the DOA relating to municipal and other public infrastructure projects.
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2361 AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY -- RHODE ISLAND SEED ACT
Provides that jurisdiction of all use of agricultural and vegetable seeds is vested exclusively in the director of the department of environmental management.
Passage Y
April 05, 2018 S2646 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - COUNCIL ON ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION]
Commissioner of elementary and secondary education would be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate and serves at the pleasure of the governor.
Passage Y
April 03, 2018 S2299 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - TANNING FACILITY SAFETY STANDARDS ACT
Prohibits the use of tanning facilities by persons less than eighteen (18) years of age.
Passage Y
April 03, 2018 S2238 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Requires all hospitals and freestanding ambulatory surgical facilities to adopt policies to use a smoke evacuation system for surgical procedures that generate surgical smoke.
Passage Y
April 03, 2018 S2231 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- ELDERLY AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
Further defines the duties of the department of elderly affairs with regard to elder caregiver respite services.
Passage Y
April 03, 2018 S2129 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- RHODE ISLAND PATHWAYS PROJECT
Requires the executive office of health and human services (EOHHS) to conduct a study to assess the impact of using Medicaid funds to provide coverage for the treatment of the chronically homeless.
Passage Y
April 03, 2018 S2083 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES
Authorizes HHS to apply for waivers to ensure for housing, healthcare, and mental and behavioral health care services for the homeless.
Passage Y
April 03, 2018 S2399 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Prohibits insurance companies from varying the premium rates charged for a health coverage plan based on the gender of the individual policy holder, enrollee, subscriber, or member.
Passage Y
March 22, 2018 S2346 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION
Have each public institution of postsecondary education establish a plan for addressing the mental health needs of its students. Each institution shall develop policies aimed at identifying a student exhibiting suicidal behavior or tendencies.
Passage Y
March 22, 2018 S2439 AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF NORTH PROVIDENCE
Increases the amount of purchases the North Providence's purchasing agent may purchase an item, without bid, from $1,500 to $2,500.
Passage Y
March 22, 2018 S2302 AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY - JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE REPEALER
Creates joint committee to compile suggestions for repeal of statutes, regulations, and executive orders.
Passage Y
March 22, 2018 S2153 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--PROCEDURE GENERALLY -- FEES
Raises the juror's fees for each day's attendance on the superior court to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day commencing July 1, 2019, and increase to thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per day commencing July 1, 2020 and thereafter.
Passage Y
March 22, 2018 S2556 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE I-195 REDEVLOPMENT ACT OF 2011
Allows the I-195 Redevelopment commission to make certain alterations to the boundaries of a portion of the I-195 redevelopment called "Parcel P4".
Passage Y
March 20, 2018 S2402 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- LONG-TERM MANAGED CARE ARRANGEMENTS
Requires managed care organizations to consult with the EOHHS to develop incentives for nursing facilities that demonstrate lower direct care staff turnover.
Passage Y
March 08, 2018 S2469 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Requires children who seek a special limited work permit to successfully complete a worker rights' training program established and funded by the department of labor and training.
Passage Y
March 06, 2018 S2430 AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT
Prohibits any questioning of a juvenile who is suspected of delinquent or criminal behavior, unless the parent of guardian of the juvenile is present, or unless an attorney is present or the juvenile and their parents have waived their presence.
Passage Y
February 06, 2018 S2310 AN ACT TO VACATE THE FORFEITURE OR REVOCATION OF THE CHARTER OF BROADWAY GAS, LLC
Passage Y
January 16, 2018 S2002 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES AND PROJECTS
Permits redevelopment agencies to finance the construction of projects for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, institutional, public, or other purposes contemplated by a redevelopment plan.
Passage N
January 16, 2018 S2001 JOINT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE STATE TO ENTER INTO FINANCING LEASE AND PAYMENT AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BALLPARK IN THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET
Passage N
November 15, 2017 S101 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS
Establishes a process by which a virtual education plan may be established and used by school districts during inclement weather which would count as a school day, provided that the plan is approved by the council on elementary and secondary education.
Del's Lemonade vs. Coffee Milk NV
September 19, 2017 H5842 AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - MUNICIPAL ROAD AND BRIDGE REVOLVING FUND
Amends several sections relative to the eligibility and award process for projects that receive financial assistance from PACE (Property Assessment Clean Energy) programs and the Rhode Island infrastructure bank.
Passage In Concurrence N
September 19, 2017 H5206 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- BAIL AND RECOGNIZANCE
Upon defendant's violation of terms of bail, the amount forfeited by court is limited to10% of surety deposited.
Passage In Concurrence N
September 19, 2017 S1028 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- BAIL AND RECOGNIZANCE
Upon defendant's violation of terms of bail, the amount forfeited by court is limited to10% of surety deposited.
Passage N
September 19, 2017 H6141 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
Gives the department of labor and training the jurisdiction to review claims alleging that employers had improperly inquired about an applicant’s criminal history on an employment application.
Passage In Concurrence N
September 19, 2017 S988 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- LIABILITY INSURANCE
Requires liability insurance to cover loss of use of a rental motor vehicle. A claim for loss of use would be limited to reasonable and necessary expenses for the time to repair or replace the rental vehicle.
Passage as Amended Y
September 19, 2017 S988 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- LIABILITY INSURANCE
Requires liability insurance to cover loss of use of a rental motor vehicle. A claim for loss of use would be limited to reasonable and necessary expenses for the time to repair or replace the rental vehicle.
Approval of Amendment Y
September 19, 2017 S290 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT
Requires employers with eighteen (18) or more employees to provide three (3) paid sick days in 2018, four (4) paid sick days in 2019 and five (5) paid sick days thereafter.
Passage In Concurrence N
September 19, 2017 S1011 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- EXCISE ON MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAILERS
Requires the director the department of revenue to file annual reports, beginning on January 1, 2021 with the general assembly. Making recommendations and findings concerning the financial feasibility of the motor vehicle excise tax phase-out.
Passage In Concurrence Y
September 19, 2017 S166 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - CHILD PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
Prohibits the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential upholstered children's products that contain certain amounts of bromide or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.
Passage In Concurrence Y
September 19, 2017 S342 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - SMALL CELL SITING ACT
Creates the "Small Cell Siting Act", which specifies how local authorities may regulate the collocation of small wireless facilities and small wireless facility networks.
Passage In Concurrence Y
September 19, 2017 H5685 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- ROAD TEST
At no cost to the state, allows a person who is bilingual or not proficient in the English language, to be assisted in their road test by a translator of their native language who is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Passage as Amended Y
September 19, 2017 H5685 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- ROAD TEST
At no cost to the state, allows a person who is bilingual or not proficient in the English language, to be assisted in their road test by a translator of their native language who is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Approval of Amendment Y
September 19, 2017 H5128 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE, MEDICAL PAROLE, COMMUNITY CONFINEMENT, AND CORRECTIONAL IMPACTS
Reforms parole, medical parole, community confinement, and correctional impact statements.
Passage In Concurrence N
September 19, 2017 H5117 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- SENTENCE AND EXECUTION
Makes various changes to the sentencing and execution guidelines for purposes of criminal procedure and would add new conditions of criminal probation.
Passage In Concurrence NV
September 19, 2017 H5115 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- GENERAL PROVISIONS
Clarifies what constitutes a felony, misdemeanor, and petty misdemeanor and also amends the penalties for certain criminal offenses involving assault and larceny, based on the value of property stolen.
Passage In Concurrence Y
September 19, 2017 H5065 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - CORRECTIONS - BATTERERS INTERVENTION PROGRAMS AND PROBATION SUPERVISION
Creates a batterer's intervention program fund and also adopts evidence-based probation and parole supervision systems.
Passage In Concurrence Y
September 19, 2017 H5064 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - SUPERIOR COURT DIVERSION
Allows creation of superior court diversion program for substance abusers or persons with mental health issues charged with certain criminal offenses.
Passage In Concurrence Y
September 19, 2017 H5063 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION
Amends provisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act.
Passage In Concurrence Y
September 19, 2017 S1030 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- VOTING BOOTH
Raises the age of children that can accompany a voter in the voter booth, from under the age of thirteen (13) years to under the age of eighteen (18) years.
Passage Y
September 19, 2017 H5758 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Creates an "Operation Stand Down RI" registration plate to benefit struggling and/or homeless veterans.
Passage as Amended Y
September 19, 2017 H5758 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Creates an "Operation Stand Down RI" registration plate to benefit struggling and/or homeless veterans.
Approval of Amendment Y
September 19, 2017 H5536 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- REGULATORY POWERS OF ADMINISTRATION
Amends the laws regulating the aggregation of electrical loads by a municipality or group of municipalities; requires that at least one public hearing be held for review by its residents prior to adopting any plan; then approval by the PUC.
Passage In Concurrence N
September 19, 2017 H5427 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS - THE GREEN BUILDINGS ACT
Expands the "Green Buildings Act" to include public projects and updates the standards to include LEED for Neighborhood Development, and SITES.
Passage NV
September 19, 2017 S43 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- TAX SALES
Expedites the foreclosure procedure on vacant property.
Passage N
August 03, 2017 S1011 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- EXCISE ON MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAILERS
Requires the director the department of revenue to file annual reports, beginning on January 1, 2021 with the general assembly. Making recommendations and findings concerning the financial feasibility of the motor vehicle excise tax phase-out.
Passage Y
August 03, 2017 H5175 AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
Passage In Concurrence N
August 03, 2017 H5175 AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
LC 894/5 Y
August 03, 2017 H5175 AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
LC 894/5 Y
August 03, 2017 H5175 AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
Reconsider N
June 30, 2017 H5601 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - OPTIONAL RETIREMENT FOR MEMBERS OF POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS
Adds illness sustained while in the performance of duty to the definition of accidental disability.
In Concurrence NV
June 30, 2017 H5205 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS
Enables persons with limited exceptions misdemeanor convictions to obtain an expungement of the records of those convictions, as long as the person has not been convicted of any felony.
Passage In Concurrence N
June 30, 2017 H6325 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - ESTABLISHMENT OF PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS
Provides that a charter public school that operates or will operate elementary school grades, middle school grades or high school grades shall be considered a network charter school notwithstanding the facility or the administration of the school.
Passage In Concurrence NV
June 30, 2017 H5977 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - BURRILLVILLE PROPERTY TAX
Further delineates the ability of the town of Burrillville to tax electrical power generation facilities, regulated or otherwise and for private consumption on resale.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 H5717 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- SUPERIOR COURT
Allows those individuals with prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver or crimes of violence, to be eligible for the drug court program in Superior Court.
Passage N
June 30, 2017 H5702 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- REGISTRATION OF VOTERS
Provides that persons who apply to the DMV for a driver's license, its renewal or personal identification document shall simultaneously register to vote, unless they expressly decline to do so.
Passage In Concurrence N
June 30, 2017 H5469 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Allows information contained in the prescription drug monitoring database to be disclosed to a certified law enforcement drug diversion investigator of a qualified law enforcement agency.
In Concurrence N
June 30, 2017 H5224 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - SMALL CELL SITING ACT
Establishes the "Small Cell Siting Act", which specifies how local authorities may regulate the collocation of small wireless facilities and small wireless facility networks.
LC000479/3 Y
June 30, 2017 H5224 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - SMALL CELL SITING ACT
Establishes the "Small Cell Siting Act", which specifies how local authorities may regulate the collocation of small wireless facilities and small wireless facility networks.
LC000479/3 Y
June 30, 2017 H5224 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - SMALL CELL SITING ACT
Establishes the "Small Cell Siting Act", which specifies how local authorities may regulate the collocation of small wireless facilities and small wireless facility networks.
RECONSIDER NV
June 30, 2017 H5224 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - SMALL CELL SITING ACT
Establishes the "Small Cell Siting Act", which specifies how local authorities may regulate the collocation of small wireless facilities and small wireless facility networks.
In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 H6336 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- TAX SALES
Provides that if the Rhode Island housing and mortgage finance corporation is a tax title purchaser, it shall not be liable for violations in connection with the tax title property, prior to the expiration of five (5) years from the date of the tax sale.
TAX SALES Y
June 30, 2017 H6213 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Amends the grounds on which the DMV may refuse registration for failure to pay a fine to include, interest, penalties, or other monetary amount. Requires the municipality that requests the denial to add and forward an additional $5 fee to the DMV.
RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHI Y
June 30, 2017 H5777 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION TAX CREDITS
Removes video games from the definition of "motion picture" for the purposes of the Motion Picture Credit Tax Act, extending from 7/1/2021, to 7/1/2024.
RELATING TO TAXATION -- MOTION P Y
June 30, 2017 H5241 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- PUBLIC TRANSIT-- BUS PASSES
Requires that five million dollars ($5,000,000) be appropriated to the Rhode Island public transit authority between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 H5277 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Prohibits "conversion therapy" by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under eighteen (18) years of age.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 H5825 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- LIABILITY INSURANCE
Insurance coverage for rental motor vehicles without regard to negligence, would include loss of use.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 H5618 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- NET METERING
Makes educational institutions and nonprofit corporations established pursuant to chapter 6 of title 7 eligible for net-metering financing arrangements.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 H5593 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- ARBITRATION -- CONTINUANCE OF CONTRACTUAL PROVISIONS
Requires that the contractual provisions contained in and an otherwise expired collective bargaining agreement with certified school teachers and municipal employees continue until a successor agreement has been reached between the parties.
ITEM 2017-H 5593 N
June 30, 2017 H5510 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- DOMESTIC ASSAULT - PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT
Limits access to firearms when an individual is under certain types of domestic restraining orders or protective orders issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017.
Passage as Amended Y
June 30, 2017 H5510 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- DOMESTIC ASSAULT - PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT
Limits access to firearms when an individual is under certain types of domestic restraining orders or protective orders issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017.
LC1499/2 Y
June 30, 2017 S1005 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - LOCAL PLANNING BOARD OR COMMISSION
Requires that members of local planning boards and commissions receive two (2) hours of training on issues related to development in flood plains and the effects of sea level rise once every two (2) years.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 S1004 AN ACT RELATING TO HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE - DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE
Changes the recognition of Viet Nam Veterans' Day from May 15 to March 29 in order to correspond to the federal observance of this day.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 S1003 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - CASUALTY INSURANCE RATING
Repeals multiple sections of the general laws related to insurance, including §27-9-57 and chapter 75 of title 27 ("Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact").
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 S1002 SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO EXAMINE THE ADVISABILITY OF RHODE ISLAND JOINING THE INTERSTATE MEDICAL LICENSURE COMPACT
Creates a 9 member commission to examine the advisability of Rhode Island joining the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and who would report back to the President of the Senate by March 1, 2018, and expire on June 1, 2018.
LICENSURE COMPACT Y
June 30, 2017 S1001 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- HAWKERS AND PEDDLERS
Gives the city of Woonsocket the power to license and regulate peddlers selling or offering flowers.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 S1000 AN ACT RELATING TO HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE
Designates October 23 of each year as a day to commemorate the nine Rhode Island marines killed in the 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon.
Passage Y
June 30, 2017 S903 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Amends the number of occasions upon which a Class A license holder under this chapter may dispense unlimited samples of wine products.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S789 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Requires insurance reimbursement for chiropractic diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with the use of pain medications.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S407 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE RHODE ISLAND PATIENT SAFETY ACT OF 2008
Amends the definition of "Patient safety work product" to conform with the federal "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005".
In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S406 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
Allows family court to take individual's incarceration into consideration in motion to modify child support order by providing that incarceration is not "voluntary unemployment."
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S395 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES
Provides for a proration of the homestead exemption in cases where title to property passes from those not entitled to claim an exemption to those who are entitled.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S373 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Requires that any applicant or holder of a retail license for the sale of alcoholic beverages be required to file a certificate of insurance evidencing liability insurance coverage in certain minimum amounts.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S207 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES - RETIREMENT SYSTEM - CONTRIBUTIONS AND BENEFITS
Allows retired state employee nurses to work as professors in the nursing program at a state college. It would allow them to work seventy-five (75) days or one hundred fifty (150) half days before their pension payments would be suspended.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S203 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Places oversight of freshwater lakes, streams, and ponds in the fish and wildlife division of the department of environmental management.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 S175 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOBILE TELEPHONE USE
Prohibits the use of a non-hands-free personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, except for public safety personnel or in an emergency situation, and would provide for monetary fines for violations.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 30, 2017 H5175 AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
Passage as Amended N
June 30, 2017 H5175 AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
LC000894/5 Y
June 29, 2017 S770 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- REGISTRATION OF VOTERS
Provides that persons who apply to the DMV for a driver's license, its renewal or personal identification document shall simultaneously register to vote, unless they expressly decline to do so.
Passage N
June 29, 2017 S669 AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- THE YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF CARE ACT
Creates the young adult voluntary extension of care program that would extend the age of foster care from age eighteen (18) to age twenty-one (21) and would provide a range of programs and services to carry out the purpose of the act.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S426 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS
Makes persons with 6 or less misdemeanors eligible for expungement by filing motion 10 years from completion date of last sentence unless convicted for felony involving domestic violence, DUI, or chemical test refusal.
EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS N
June 29, 2017 S413 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS --POST-ELECTION AUDITS
Authorizes the board of elections to establish a post-election risk-limiting audit program to improve the accuracy of election results.
POST-ELECTION AUDITS Y
June 29, 2017 S886 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS --DUTIES OF UTILITIES AND CARRIERS
Requires pub. utilities/electric distribution co. to provide prompt/adequate service to ratepayers for new service/ upgrades w/penalty of up to $1,000 with electric distribution co. to provide written estimates/itemized bill for work in excess of $500.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S874 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- ELECTRIC GENERATION SERVICE
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a purchase of receivables program where the electric distribution company purchases the receivables of a nonregulated power producer at a discount rate.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S965 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Amends the grounds on which the DMV may refuse registration for failure to pay a fine to include, interest, penalties, or other monetary amount. Requires the municipality that requests the denial to add and forward an additional $5 fee to the DMV.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S665 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES
Allows for a judge or magistrate to impose the requirements of blood and/or urine testing for the presence of illicit substances, if necessary, for anyone convicted of driving under the influence or refusal to submit to a chemical test.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S600 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- STUDENT JOURNALISTS' FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ACT
Creates the Student Journalists' Freedom of Expression Act protecting student journalists' right to exercise freedom of speech in school-sponsored media.
Passage as Amended Y
June 29, 2017 S600 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- STUDENT JOURNALISTS' FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ACT
Creates the Student Journalists' Freedom of Expression Act protecting student journalists' right to exercise freedom of speech in school-sponsored media.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 29, 2017 S714 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - BURRILLVILLE PROPERTY TAX
Further delineates the ability of the town of Burrillville to tax electrical power generation facilities, regulated or otherwise and for private consumption on resale.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S925 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- AWARD OF MUNICIPAL CONTRACTS
Adds certain federal requirements to the selection of architects and engineers and permits prequalification of architects and engineers by cities and towns.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S267 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Prohibits "conversion therapy" by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under 18 years of age.
Passage as Amended Y
June 29, 2017 S267 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Prohibits "conversion therapy" by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under 18 years of age.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 29, 2017 S342 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - SMALL CELL SITING ACT
Creates the "Small Cell Siting Act", which specifies how local authorities may regulate the collocation of small wireless facilities and small wireless facility networks.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S927 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- LICENSURE STREAMLINING IN THE TOWN OF WARREN
Authorizes the Warren town council, by ordinance, to administratively issue and renew all licenses the council is authorized to issue pursuant to state law, except those licenses that require a public hearing.
TOWN OF WARREN Y
June 29, 2017 S923 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- STROKE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT OF 2009
Permits the department of health to designate hospitals as "acute stroke ready hospitals."
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S834 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- NOMINATION OF PARTY AND INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES; RHODE ISLAND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES REPORTING; CRIMINAL OFFENSES --THEFT, EMBEZZLEMENT, FALSE PRETENSES, AND MISAPPROPRIATIONS
Increases fines and penalties for failure to file timely campaign finance reports; increase the amount of information required in a declaration of candidacy.
CRIMINAL OFFENSES Y
June 29, 2017 S814 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - AWARD OF MUNICIPAL CONTRACTS
Requires a city or town to utilize qualification based selection for the procurement of program managers, construction managers, or construction managers at risk.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S646 JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AN EARLY INTERVENTION SYSTEM FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN IN RHODE ISLAND
Creates a 24 member commission to study of an early intervention system for the deaf or hard of hearing children in Rhode Island, and who would report back by February 1, 2018, and expire on June 30, 2018.
OF HEARING CHILDREN IN RI Y
June 29, 2017 S402 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN
Prohibits the sale of liquid that is intended for human consumption and/or use in an electronic nicotine delivery system that is not contained in child resistant packaging, and also bans the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems in schools.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S135 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION TAX CREDITS
Removes video games from the definition of "motion picture" for the purposes of the Motion Picture Credit Tax Act, and extends from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2024.
TAX CREDITS Y
June 29, 2017 H5570 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION-- LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES
Provides for a proration of the homestead exemption in cases where title to property passes from those not entitled to claim an exemption to those who are entitled.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 H5956 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - VETERAN'S EXEMPTION - JAMESTOWN
Permits the town of Jamestown to provide a tax exemption for veterans and a tax credit for one hundred percent (100%) for disabled veterans.
In Concurrence Y
June 29, 2017 H5044 AN ACT RELATING TO THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE LONSDALE FIRE DISTRICT INTO THE SAYLESVILLE FIRE DISTRICT
Authorizes the merger of the Lonsdale and Saylesville Fire Districts in Lincoln if the electors of both fire districts approve that merger.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 29, 2017 H6298 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Adds two (2) requirements that a hospital provide to a prospective patient, the requested cost estimate of their requested anticipated hospital services within five (5) calendar days of request and the cost of any facility fee.
Passage as Amended Y
June 29, 2017 H6298 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Adds two (2) requirements that a hospital provide to a prospective patient, the requested cost estimate of their requested anticipated hospital services within five (5) calendar days of request and the cost of any facility fee.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 29, 2017 S541 AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE - RHODE ISLAND VETERANS' HOME - ADVISORY COUNCIL
Reduces the number of advisory council members from twenty-seven (27) to fifteen (15) and eliminates the duty of the advisory council to advise the administrator of the veterans' home.
In Concurrence Y
June 29, 2017 S350 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - PAYMENT OF WAGES
Prohibits employers from making deductions from an employee's wages except for those deductions authorized or required by law, or as expressly authorized in writing by the employee.
In Concurrence Y
June 29, 2017 S146 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Adds two (2) requirements that a hospital provide to a prospective patient, the requested cost estimate of their requested anticipated hospital services within five (5) business days of request and the cost of any facility fee.
Passage as Amended Y
June 29, 2017 S146 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Adds two (2) requirements that a hospital provide to a prospective patient, the requested cost estimate of their requested anticipated hospital services within five (5) business days of request and the cost of any facility fee.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 29, 2017 H5646 AN ACT RELATING TO CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND PARTNERSHIPS -- RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS CORPORATION ACT
Substitutes CPA certification that a corporation/limited partnership/limited liability company owes no taxes/fees to the state in place of a conversions/dissolutions/withdrawals/cancellations.
CORPORATIONS ACT Y
June 29, 2017 S719 AN ACT RELATING TO CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND PARTNERSHIPS -- RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS CORPORATION ACT
Requires the tax administrator to file a public list with the secretary of state of corporations and limited liability companies that have failed to pay required fees and taxes.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 S862 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES - STEP THERAPY PROTOCOL
Requires health insurers, nonprofit hospital service corporations, nonprofit medical service corporations and health maintenance organizations that issue policies that provide coverage for prescription drugs and use step therapy protocols.
Passage as Amended Y
June 29, 2017 S862 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES - STEP THERAPY PROTOCOL
Requires health insurers, nonprofit hospital service corporations, nonprofit medical service corporations and health maintenance organizations that issue policies that provide coverage for prescription drugs and use step therapy protocols.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 29, 2017 S497 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Permits an audit or claims investigation for a pattern of inappropriate billing only if it is determined that the claims are known by the provider to be inappropriate.
Passage Y
June 29, 2017 H6302 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- STOPPING, STANDING, AND PARKING RESTRICTIONS
Creates a prohibition on parking in electric vehicle charging stations without using the charging apparatus.
In Concurrence Y
June 29, 2017 H5444 AN ACT RELATING TO PROBATE PRACTICE - LIMITED GUARDIANSHIP AND GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULTS
Increases the guardianship ad litem maximum fee from $400 to $800 in guardian/limited guardianship proceedings.
In Concurrence N
June 29, 2017 H5947 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS
Defines the terms "conduit" and "earmarked" for purposes of reporting campaign contributions and eliminates the aggregate contribution limits and adds a prohibition of earmarked funds.
In Concurrence Y
June 29, 2017 H5664 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM
Requires the department of education to consider incorporating media literacy education in the basic education program.
In Concurrence Y
June 29, 2017 S897 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
Prevents registered sex offenders from forming more than ten percent (10%) of the population of residential facilities receiving state funding or assistance, with certain exceptions.
Passage NV
June 28, 2017 S742 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
Modernizes the definition of physical therapy, the right to use the title of physical therapist and includes practice beyond the scope of physical therapy as a grounds for discipline.
In Concurrence Y
June 28, 2017 S985 AN ACT RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY -- PERMANENT JOINT COMMITTEE ON NAMING ALL NEW BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, EDIFICES AND OTHER STATE CONSTRUCTIONS -- NEW RHODE ISLAND VETERANS HOME CONFERENCE ROOM
Names one of the two (2) new conference rooms at the Rhode Island Veterans Home as the "S. Michael Minutelli Memorial Conference Room".
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S984 AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY -- PERMANENT JOINT COMMITTEE ON NAMING ALL NEW BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, EDIFICES AND OTHER STATE CONSTRUCTIONS -- NEW RHODE ISLAND VETERANS HOME CONFERENCE ROOM
Provides that one of the two (2) conference rooms in the new Rhode Island Veterans Home shall be named and known as the "1st Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna US Army 7th Special Forces Group Memorial Conference Room."
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S979 AN ACT RELATING TO CREATING THE RHODE ISLAND COMMISSION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Creates a 25 member RI commission for national community service in the department of education to work with a nonprofit corporation of the same name created in 1994 to prepare and implement a 3 yr. community service plan.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S903 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Amends the number of occasions upon which a Class A license holder under this chapter may dispense unlimited samples of wine products.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S896 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - OPTIONAL RETIREMENT FOR MEMBERS OF POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS
Adds illness sustained while in the performance of duty to the definition of accidental disability.
Passage N
June 28, 2017 S806 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- CAMPAIGN FINANCE
Provides additional guidance concerning the proposed disposition of remaining campaign funds of a deceased candidate or officeholder, former candidate or former officeholder.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S757 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS - MENTAL HEALTH LAW
Articulates the role of police officers in obtaining treatment for those showing symptoms of mental illness.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S394 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Allows the holder of a level 2-limited provisional license to drive from the holder's home to a school event for which no transportation is provided by the school, between 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Passage as Amended Y
June 28, 2017 S394 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Allows the holder of a level 2-limited provisional license to drive from the holder's home to a school event for which no transportation is provided by the school, between 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 28, 2017 S348 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Exempts individuals validly licensed in their country and holding a validly issued study or work Visa from the State's licensing requirements.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S236 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES
Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S974 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF TIVERTON
Validates and ratify amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the town of Tiverton, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the town of Tiverton on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S147 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- DELEGATION OF NON-ABLATIVE TREATMENTS
Provides guidelines for the delegation by licensed health care professionals of non-ablative laser or energy-based treatments to a properly-qualified delegate.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S972 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF SCITUATE TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $4,900,000 TO FINANCE REPLACEMENTS, RENOVATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING A NEW TRACK AND FIELD AT THE SCITUATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Authorizes the town of Scituate to issue not more than $4,900,000 bonds and notes to finance various improvements at the town of Scituate's schools.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S969 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Exempts from taxation the real and personal property located at 321 Main Street, South Kingstown, Rhode Island, belonging to the Contemporary Theatre Company, a qualified tax exempt corporation under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S968 JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO PAY CERTAIN CLAIMS
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S117 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - INCOME TAX REFUNDS - STATE TAX OFFICIALS
Gives all state income tax return filers the option to have their tax refund directly deposited into their bank account.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S390 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Defines animal hoarding and would add animal hoarding to the list of conduct considered cruelty to animals and proscribed by law.
RECONSIDER Y
June 28, 2017 S55 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
Provides that sex offenders register their presence with any homeless shelter at which they may temporarily stay and provides that said shelters notify the local law enforcement agency of the presence.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 H5695 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - FRAUD AND FALSE DEALING
Criminalizes residential mortgage fraud and extend the statute of limitations for certain offenses regarding financial and banking fraud.
FRAUD AND FALSE DEALING Y
June 28, 2017 S893 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Specifies that adversely affected members of formulary change removing/making preferred or tiered status change of covered prescription drug receive required statutory notice.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 H6004 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS' ARBITRATION
Allows the bargaining agent for the correctional officers and the state authority to extend, by agreement in writing, the thirty (30) day period to reach an agreement on a contract, before submitting unresolved issues to arbitration.
In Concurrence Y
June 28, 2017 H5488 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - BARBERS AND HAIRDRESSERS
Reduces the number of hours of instruction required to obtain a hairdresser's and cosmetician's license from fifteen hundred (1,500) to twelve hundred (1,200) hours.
In Concurrence Y
June 28, 2017 H5397 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE AND SALE
Imposes a penalty of two thousand dollars ($2,000) upon financial institutions failing to promptly record foreclosure deeds and pay outstanding taxes.
In Concurrence Y
June 28, 2017 H5347 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS -- 38 STUDIOS, LLC
Provides for the release of certain records pertaining to the investigation of 38 Studios, LLC.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S960 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Benefits for students with disabilities continue until the end of the public school calendar semester when the student turns 21 or when the student’s program ends in accordance with the student’s (IEP), whichever occurs earlier.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S174 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - SAFETY BELTS IN SCHOOL BUSES
Requires every new school bus to be equipped with seat belts effective January 1, 2019.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S166 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - CHILD PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
Prohibits the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential upholstered children's products that contain certain amounts of bromide or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S940 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Provides that all Class A liquor license holders located in the city of Providence shall not be permitted to open for business until nine o'clock (9:00) a.m.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S961 JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF ENACTING A LINE ITEM VETO, POTENTIAL RHODE ISLAND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS FOR A GOVERNOR RUNOFF, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ELECTION OF THE GOVERNOR
Creates a 12 member commission to study enacting a line item veto, Rhode Island Constitutional Amendments for a Governor runoff, the election of the Governor and report by April 5, 2018, and expire on May 7, 2018.
GOVERNOR RUNOFF Y
June 28, 2017 S917 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WORKERS' COMPENSATION--BENEFITS
Repeals a provision of the workers' compensation law that provides that for injuries on and after July 1, 2023, "material hindrance" includes only compensable injuries causing a greater than sixty-five percent (65%) degree of functional impairment.
WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS Y
June 28, 2017 S290 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT
Requires employers with eighteen (18) or more employees to provide three (3) paid sick days in 2018, four (4) paid sick days in 2019 and five (5) paid sick days thereafter.
Passage as Amended N
June 28, 2017 S290 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT
Requires employers with eighteen (18) or more employees to provide three (3) paid sick days in 2018, four (4) paid sick days in 2019 and five (5) paid sick days thereafter.
LC1160/4 Y
June 28, 2017 S290 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT
Requires employers with eighteen (18) or more employees to provide three (3) paid sick days in 2018, four (4) paid sick days in 2019 and five (5) paid sick days thereafter.
LC001160/3 Y
June 28, 2017 S290 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT
Requires employers with eighteen (18) or more employees to provide three (3) paid sick days in 2018, four (4) paid sick days in 2019 and five (5) paid sick days thereafter.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 28, 2017 S811 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN-- CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION-- SEXUALLY EXPLOITED CHILDREN
Makes sex trafficking victims eligible for criminal injuries compensation fund and designates them as abused, neglected children and establishes "safe harbor" provisions.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S658 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Create process within DCYF for placing children in the least restrictive placement including kinship and foster care.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S427 AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT
Prohibits any questioning of a juvenile who is suspected of delinquent or criminal behavior, unless the parent of guardian of the juvenile is present, or unless an attorney is present or the juvenile and their parents have waived their presence.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S337 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE UNIFORMED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Approval and funding of drug awareness programs for minors placed with the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals.
ACT Y
June 28, 2017 S55 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
Provides that sex offenders register their presence with any homeless shelter at which they may temporarily stay and provides that said shelters notify the local law enforcement agency of the presence.
AND NOTIFICATION Y
June 28, 2017 S55 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
Provides that sex offenders register their presence with any homeless shelter at which they may temporarily stay and provides that said shelters notify the local law enforcement agency of the presence.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S789 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Requires insurance reimbursement for chiropractic diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with the use of pain medications.
Passage as Amended Y
June 28, 2017 S789 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Requires insurance reimbursement for chiropractic diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with the use of pain medications.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 28, 2017 S443 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM
Creates a municipal infrastructure grant program within the DOA relating to municipal and other public infrastructure projects.
GRANT PROGRAM N
June 28, 2017 S300 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION
Has each public institution of postsecondary education establish a plan for addressing mental health needs of its students.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S486 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Determine reimbursement rates for medical records copies from health care providers including those that utilize an electronic health records system.
In Concurrence Y
June 28, 2017 S341 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE
Requires that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Care & Control Association.
Passage Y
June 28, 2017 S390 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Defines animal hoarding and would add animal hoarding to the list of conduct considered cruelty to animals and proscribed by law.
Passage as Amended Y
June 28, 2017 S390 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Defines animal hoarding and would add animal hoarding to the list of conduct considered cruelty to animals and proscribed by law.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 27, 2017 S471 JOINT RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS AND THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO INCREASE CERTAIN DIRECT AND HOME CARE WORKER WAGES
Passage R
June 27, 2017 S207 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES - RETIREMENT SYSTEM - CONTRIBUTIONS AND BENEFITS
Allows retired state employee nurses to work as professors in the nursing program at a state college. It would allow them to work seventy-five (75) days or one hundred fifty (150) half days before their pension payments would be suspended.
Passage as Amended Y
June 27, 2017 S207 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES - RETIREMENT SYSTEM - CONTRIBUTIONS AND BENEFITS
Allows retired state employee nurses to work as professors in the nursing program at a state college. It would allow them to work seventy-five (75) days or one hundred fifty (150) half days before their pension payments would be suspended.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 27, 2017 S720 AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY -- AGRICULTURAL FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Authorizes the directors of the departments of environmental management and health to enforce the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act as it pertains to commercial growers of fruits and vegetables.
DEPT. OF ENVIRON. MANAGEMENT Y
June 27, 2017 S546 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT -- ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Amends the statute governing prescriptions of controlled substances by making reference to regulations issued by the department of health.
Passage as Amended Y
June 27, 2017 S546 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT -- ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Amends the statute governing prescriptions of controlled substances by making reference to regulations issued by the department of health.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 27, 2017 S767 AN ACT RELATING TO AERONAUTICS -- THE PERMANENT AIR QUALITY MONITORING ACT
Reduces the items which must be monitored by the air-quality monitors at T.F. Green Airport to particles less than 0.1 microns, and black carbon.
MONITORING ACT Y
June 27, 2017 S656 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Allows information contained in the prescription drug monitoring database to be disclosed to a certified law enforcement drug diversion investigator of a qualified law enforcement agency.
Passage as Amended N
June 27, 2017 S656 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Allows information contained in the prescription drug monitoring database to be disclosed to a certified law enforcement drug diversion investigator of a qualified law enforcement agency.
Approval of Amendment N
June 22, 2017 H5274 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- RENEWABLE ENERGY GROWTH PROGRAM
Expands the renewable energy growth program for an additional ten (10) years after the fifth program year, with an annual target of forty (40) nameplate megawatts for each year of the ten (10) year period.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 22, 2017 H5457 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Establishes a free course of instruction for the parent, guardian, or designee of a child enrolled in a driver education program.
In Concurrence N
June 22, 2017 H5457 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Establishes a free course of instruction for the parent, guardian, or designee of a child enrolled in a driver education program.
In Concurrence N
June 22, 2017 S950 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES -- EXPIRATION DATES
Grants the department of motor vehicles administrator the ability to extend expiration dates under certain circumstances that prevent the proper performance of their duties.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S949 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Subjects toll violators of out-of-state tolled projects to license and registration denial under certain circumstances
REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES Y
June 22, 2017 S807 AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Amends the composition of the Rhode Island emergency management advisory council.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S798 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CHILDREN
Clarifies that the jurisdiction for violations of §11-9-1.5 ("electronically disseminating indecent material to minors prohibited") is vested in the superior court.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S792 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - CONDUCT OF ELECTION AND VOTING EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Requires at least one precinct count unit and one voting booth per one hundred seventy-five (175) qualified electors in the district, be prepared and delivered by the board of elections to each voting district.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S711 AN ACT RELATING TO PROBATE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - LIMITED GUARDIANSHIP AND GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULTS
Provides persons under limited guardianship, guardianship conservatorship with rights designed to protect them from mental, physical and financial abuse by guardians and conservators retroactively and prospectively.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S595 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
Allows the family court, after finding by clear and convincing evidence that a child was conceived as a result of sexual assault, to terminate the parental rights of the father including the right to notice for subsequent adoption proceedings.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S388 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE
Imposes a penalty of $300 per month up to an aggregate total of $2,000 upon financial institutions failing to promptly record foreclosure deeds and pay outstanding taxes. Most holders of a private mortgage would be exempt from the penalty requirements.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S277 JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
Creates a 15 member commission to review and make recommendations on the effects of legalizing marijuana, and who would report back to the General Assembly by March 1, 2018, and expire on July 1, 2018.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S226 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES - ROAD TEST LICENSE APPLICANTS
Allows driver's license applicants with limited English proficiency (LEP) to be accompanied by an interpreter, at their own expense and choosing, during their road test. This interpreter shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S71 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - GENERAL POWERS
Requires that cities and towns comply with certain procedures when prosecuting defendants such as the right to counsel, and would amend the penalties imposed for ordinance violations.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S956 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALES AND USE TAXES -- LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION
Exempts from sales and use taxes specialized packaging equipment such as kegs for alcoholic beverages.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S739 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX
Provides for a voluntary deduction from any refund from the Rhode Island personal income tax for a contribution to the substance use and mental health leadership council of RI.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S575 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - REAL ESTATE EXEMPTION
Updates the definition of visually impaired persons to conform to the federal standard based upon medical advances and to assure a uniform application by all municipalities in granting the exemption.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S571 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- TEACHERS' RETIREMENT BENEFITS
Increases the monthly minimum benefits of spouses and domestic partners of retired teachers.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S570 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- TAXATION OF FARM, FOREST, AND OPEN SPACE LAND
Exempts no more than twenty percent (20%) of the total land acreage previously classified as farm, forest or open space land from land use change tax if the change is for purposes of a commercial renewable energy system.
FARM, FOREST, AND OPEN LAND Y
June 22, 2017 S469 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE - STATE BUDGET- CITIZENS' BUDGET REPORT
Requires the state budget office to produce a citizens' guide to the state budget, to be known as the "citizens' budget report," that is easily readable and understandable by the general public.
CITIZENS' BUDGET REPORT Y
June 22, 2017 S115 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - PUBLIC TRANSIT - BUS PASSES
Requires that five million dollars ($5,000,000) be appropriated to the Rhode Island public transit authority between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S41 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION--TOWN OF FOSTER
Authorizes the town of Foster to provide tax credits to the elderly and disabled.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S888 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ELECTRONIC WASTE PREVENTION, REUSE AND RECYCLING ACT
Amends the electronic waste preventions, reuse and recycling act.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S880 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - NET METERING
Includes the benefit to customers in the PUC's study of the distribution charge.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S783 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- CREDIT FOR REINSURANCE ACT
Amends reinsurance credit statute to conform with NAIC model/surplus lines statute for taxation of fees/protected cell statute as to business transfer with insolvency protection/insurance premium tax statute defining qualifying jobs.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S782 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - FOREIGN INSURANCE COMPANIES
Eliminates continuing education board (CEB) service of process by certified mail and prohibits claim negotiation with unlicensed public adjusters from excluding coverage to volunteer drivers.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S729 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- BLOCK ISLAND UTILITY DISTRICT ACT OF 2017
Creates the Block Island utility district to provide utility products and services to the town of New Shoreham.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S551 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Expands use of public utilities reserve fund to state court appeals to and regulatory matters before federal agencies and increase amount chargeable to public utility to $750,000 but not more than $250,000 for administrator’s representation of state.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S432 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- UNFAIR COMPETITION AND PRACTICES
Prohibits domestic insurance companies from any distinction or discrimination against individuals in a domestic partner relationship regarding policies issued or renewed in this state.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S97 AN ACT RELATING TO WEIGHTS AND MEASURES - PRODUCE SCALES IN MARKETS
Requires sealers of weights and measures appointed by the cities and towns to receive the same fees as charged by state sealers who perform the same inspecting/testing services.
Passage Y
June 22, 2017 S231 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - EMERGENCY POLICE POWER
Amends the provisions regarding emergency police powers to clarify that higher learning institutions with special police officers are authorized to enter into mutual aid agreements for the purpose of providing emergency assistance.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 H5656 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - RETAIL LICENSES - PROVIDENCE
Enables the city of Providence's board of licenses to approve the liquor license applications for a business at 100-102 Hope Street (Assessor's plat 16, lot 263), located within two hundred feet (200') of a church.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 H5348 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Provides that the department of business regulation administer alcoholic server training programs rather than the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 21, 2017 S951 JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATION COMMISSION TO STUDY VETERAN AND MILITARY SPOUSE EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Creates a 13 member commission to study of veteran and military spouse education and employment opportunities, and who would report to the General Assembly by April 30, 2018, and expire on July 30, 2018.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S541 AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE - RHODE ISLAND VETERANS' HOME - ADVISORY COUNCIL
Reduces the number of advisory council members from twenty-seven (27) to fifteen (15) and eliminates the duty of the advisory council to advise the administrator of the veterans' home.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S540 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- GOLD STAR FAMILIES
Creates and expands eligibility for a special license plate for Gold Star Families.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S350 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - PAYMENT OF WAGES
Prohibits employers from making deductions from an employee's wages except for those deductions authorized or required by law, or as expressly authorized in writing by the employee.
PAYMENT OF WAGES Y
June 21, 2017 S928 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DOGS
Requires that the sheltering and nourishment of dogs conform to the industry standards established by the Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale regarding outside sheltering, proper nourishment, sanitary conditions, and physical condition.
DOGS Y
June 21, 2017 S406 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
Allows family court to take individual's incarceration into consideration in motion to modify child support order by providing that incarceration is not "voluntary unemployment."
CHILD SUPPORT Y
June 21, 2017 S395 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES
Provides for a proration of the homestead exemption in cases where title to property passes from those not entitled to claim an exemption to those who are entitled.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S349 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE
Imposes on breeders requirements already in place on other pet custodial agencies.
ANIMAL CARE Y
June 21, 2017 S945 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Authorizes the city council of Pawtucket to exempt from taxation, to the extent it may from time to time determine, the real and personal property of The Samaritans, Inc., located at 67 Park Place in Pawtucket, a RI §501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S944 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - CITY OF PAWTUCKET -- NEIL J. HOUSTON, JR. RESIDENTIAL RE-ENTRY CENTER
Authorizes the city of Pawtucket to exempt from taxation the real and personal property of the Neil J. Houston, Jr. Residential Re-entry Center.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S21 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CARDIAC ARREST PREVENTION IN SCHOOL SPORTS
Addresses the potential for sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes by raising awareness of the symptoms ad requiring medical evaluations.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S168 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS
Requires a real estate broker to release customer or client funds in an escrow account as instructed by the parties to a failed real estate transaction, within ten (10) days of receipt of a written release.
Passage Y
June 21, 2017 S96 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS
Defines the term an "opinion of value" to be an analysis, opinion, of conclusion prepared by a real estate broker pertaining to the price of property.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S657 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- GENERAL POWERS -- WARREN MUNICIPAL HOUSING COURT
Authorizes the town council of the town of Warren to create a municipal housing court and defines that court's jurisdiction.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S610 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Amends the definition of "domestic abuse" to include acts by a person who knowingly/willfully encourages/aids/coerces any minor child to engage in commercial sex acts and allows a parent or legal custodian to seek a protective order on behalf of a minor.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S946 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF LINCOLN TO ISSUE BONDS AND NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING $60,000,000 TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, REHABILITATION, REPAIR, IMPROVEMENTS, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF AND/OR ADDITIONS TO LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL AND SCHOOL FACILITIES IN THE TOWN
Allows the town of Lincoln to issue $60,000,000 in bonds for school construction and renovation, subject to voter approval.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S638 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - STATE DEPARTMENTS' COOPERATION
Facilitates the sharing of information between the treasury, state retirement system, division of taxation, and the department of labor and training concerning unclaimed property, taxation collection, and pension benefit monitoring.
STATE DEPARTMENTS' COOPERATION Y
June 20, 2017 S462 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - TUITION FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY
Grants instate tuition status at state operated schools to active duty and reserve members stationed in Rhode Island.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S458 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- DEPARTMENTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT
Requires that an information technology project manager be assigned for all requests for proposals for information technology projects.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S448 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALES AND USE TAXES--LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION
Exempts gross receipts from the sale of seeds and plants used to grow food and food products from sales and use taxes. The act would specifically exclude from the definition marijuana seeds or plants.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S133 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX
Allows unused tax credits previously issued under the Historic Homeownership Assistance Act to be carried forward for tax year 2017 and thereafter.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S122 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
Eliminates the September 2017 termination date of the child care assistance program.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S937 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS
Streamlines the procedure for the approval of mergers of nonprofit hospitals.
Passage as Amended Y
June 20, 2017 S937 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS
Streamlines the procedure for the approval of mergers of nonprofit hospitals.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 20, 2017 S492 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- MENTAL HEALTH LAW
Authorizes a licensed psychiatric/mental health nurse clinical specialist to attest a patient's condition/need for treatment, submit documents to court, testify in court when the patient is receiving treatment at a licensed community mental health center.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S327 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- LICENSE OF NATUROPATHY ACT OF 2017
Establishes procedures for the licensing of naturopathic physicians, and defines the practice of naturopathic medicine.
Passage Y
June 20, 2017 S153 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- SELF-INSURANCE OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AGENCIES
Authorizes operators of developmental disability agencies acting as a group acting as a group, to self-insure health care costs for employees, retirees and other beneficiaries, and allows a qualified third-party administrator to administer said program.
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY Y
June 15, 2017 H6000 AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS -- CREDIT UNIONS
Transfers the expulsion power of members to credit union management from the board of directors, provides written notice to the member of expulsion, and establishes a ten (10) business day appeal procedure to the board of directors.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 15, 2017 H5620 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANIES
Provides for the registration and oversight of appraisal management companies operating in this state.
Passage In Concurrence Y
June 15, 2017 S539 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES
Makes driving under the influence with any child under thirteen (13) years of age in the vehicle a felony punishable by up to five (5) years imprisonment, a five thousand dollar ($5,000) fine, and a loss of license of up to two (2) years.
Passage Y
June 15, 2017 S742 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
Modernizes the definition of physical therapy, the right to use the title of physical therapist and includes practice beyond the scope of physical therapy as a grounds for discipline.
Passage Y
June 15, 2017 S237 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS-CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE
Provides that prisoners who were sentenced as adults for offenses committed prior to age eighteen would be eligible for parole after fifteen years.
Passage N
June 14, 2017 S932 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS -- 38 STUDIOS, LLC
Provides for the release of certain records pertaining to the investigation of 38 Studios, LLC.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S835 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - FRAUD AND FALSE DEALING
Criminalize residential mortgage fraud and extend the statute of limitations for certain offenses.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S614 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN
Requires all CASA (court-appointed special advocate) volunteers to first pass DCYF clearance as well as a national criminal background check before qualifying for appointment by the court.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S282 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE HEALTHY PREGNANCIES FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN ACT
Prohibits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners during transport to and from court proceedings by sheriffs and/or incarceration at the ACI with annual reports to the general assembly effective January 1, 2018.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S73 AN ACT RELATING CRIMINAL OFFENSES - UNIFORM ACT ON THE PREVENTION OF AND REMEDIES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Creates the "Uniform Act on the Prevention and Remedies for Human Trafficking" which would establish penalties and remedies for human trafficking.
Passage as Amended Y
June 14, 2017 S73 AN ACT RELATING CRIMINAL OFFENSES - UNIFORM ACT ON THE PREVENTION OF AND REMEDIES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Creates the "Uniform Act on the Prevention and Remedies for Human Trafficking" which would establish penalties and remedies for human trafficking.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 14, 2017 S481 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- SUBDIVISION OF LAND
Shortens the time periods related to certifications, decision-making and recordings of decisions for major land development and major subdivision master and preliminary plans.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S479 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - STATE BUILDING CODE
Expands the state building code standards committee by two members, to be appointed by the Rhode Island builders association.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S831 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE -- THE MARKET STABILITY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
Adopts the Health Insurance Market Stabilization and Consumer Protection Act of 2017.
Passage N
June 14, 2017 S887 SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE RHODE ISLAND WATER RESOURCES BOARD AND WATER SUPPLY
Creates a 15 member "Commission to Study the Rhode Island Water Resources Board" whose purpose it is to review all functions and operations of the Water Resources Board, and who would report back by January 3, 2018, and expire on March 3, 2018.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S785 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT--MARINE FISHERIES
Creates division of marine fisheries within DEM to manage saltwater fish and plant harvesting.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S784 AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE -- WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS
Replaces language referencing DEM park police and conservation police with environmental police officers.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S637 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS
Amends electric distribution companies authority to charge interconnecting renewable energy customers for certain modifications and places timetables on interconnection work.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S560 AN ACT RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION-RHODE ISLAND UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT
Amends the Rhode Island Underground Storage Tank Financial Responsibility Act to streamline fund processes and clarify language within the law.
Passage Y
June 14, 2017 S439 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ALL STUDENTS COUNT ACT
Creates the "All Students Count Act" and requires the dept. of elementary and secondary education to use separate collection categories/tabulations for specified Asian ethnic groups in every demographic report on ancestry or ethnic origins of residents.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S716 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- EMPLOYMENT SECURITY - BENEFITS
Increases the maximum weekly unemployment benefit rate to the higher of fifty-seven and one-half percent (57.5%) of the average weekly wages paid to workers in the prior calendar year or six hundred sixteen dollars ($616) per week.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S675 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY - BENEFITS
Amends our worksharing law by allowing employers more flexibility in the reduction of work hours among its employees and by allowing more leeway on the start date of an adopted worksharing plan.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S674 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS' ARBITRATION
Allows the bargaining agent for the correctional officers and the state authority to extend, by agreement in writing, the thirty (30) day period to reach an agreement on a contract, before submitting unresolved issues to arbitration.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S513 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - ELECTRICIANS
Includes within the licensing and certification process required by the board of electricians the maintenance of certain electrical components.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S512 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS RESIDENCY
Prohibits municipal charters and ordinances from requiring that their police officers and firefighters reside within the state of Rhode Island.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S194 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - BARBERS AND HAIRDRESSERS
Reduces the number of hours of instruction required to obtain a hairdresser's and cosmetician's license from fifteen hundred (1,500) to twelve hundred (1,200) hours.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S805 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
More than one ounce of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl as a controlled substance illegal to possess, manufacture, sell or deliver.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S704 AN ACT ENABLING THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF BURRILLVILLE TO EXEMPT CERTAIN PROPERTY FROM TAXATION
Reduces to three (3) years the residency requirement for the town of Burrillville's partial real estate tax exemption for the elderly.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S566 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION
Allows for compensation for a minor who witnesses a homicide or incident of domestic violence from the crime victims compensation program.
Passage Y
June 13, 2017 S552 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS
Removes the sixty (60) day excavation completion requirement for work near public utilities and would require accidents to be reported to 911.
Passage Y
June 08, 2017 S584 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - PAYMENT OF WAGES
Eliminates repealed statute references and creates a mechanism for workers to enforce their existing right to continuation of medical benefits, reinstatement after returning from being a temporary caregiver and Sunday pay wage laws.
Passage Y
June 08, 2017 S286 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- ORGAN DONORS' LEAVE
Provides up to thirty (30) paid days in a calendar year to serve as an organ donor for state and municipal employees.
Passage Y
June 08, 2017 S821 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- COVERAGE FOR INFERTILITY
Mandates insurance coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility.
Passage Y
June 08, 2017 S643 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Requires all hospitals and freestanding ambulatory surgical facilities to adopt policies to use a smoke evacuation system for surgical procedures that generate surgical smoke.
Passage Y
June 08, 2017 S446 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT
Amends the definitions of "smoking" and "retail tobacco store" to include electronic smoking devices, electronic nicotine delivery system products and other products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization.
Passage as Amended Y
June 08, 2017 S446 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT
Amends the definitions of "smoking" and "retail tobacco store" to include electronic smoking devices, electronic nicotine delivery system products and other products that rely on vaporization or aerosolization.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 08, 2017 S437 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Provides that the department of education would develop a funding formula for school districts sending students to career and technical programs outside the district.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S515 AN ACT RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - PERMANENT JOINT COMMITTEE ON NAMING ALL NEW BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, EDIFICES AND OTHER STATE CONSTRUCTIONS
Names the roundabout at the intersection of Division Road and New England Tech Boulevard in East Greenwich the "Michael B. Isaacs Roundabout".
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S812 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Includes fentanyl analogs and synthetic opioids into Schedule I and Schedule II of the list of uniform controlled substances.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S692 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - AUTOMATED TRAFFIC VIOLATION MONITORING SYSTEMS
Increases the amount of time, from fourteen (14) days to twenty-eight (28) days, for a summons to issue solely based on evidence obtained by use of an automated traffic-violation-detection system.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S790 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES & CARRIERS - RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Authorizes RIPTA to provide an open-door service to all passengers to and from Rhode Island to locations within five (5) miles of the Rhode Island boarder into Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S163 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- THE KENT COUNTY WATER DISTRICT
Adds two members to the board of the Kent County Water Authority.
Passage as Amended Y
June 07, 2017 S163 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- THE KENT COUNTY WATER DISTRICT
Adds two members to the board of the Kent County Water Authority.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 07, 2017 S863 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - HEALTH CARE ACCESSIBILITY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE ACT
Requires health care facilities to report to the department of health the use of non-Rhode Island licensed nurses.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S648 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - HEALTH CARE FACILITIES STAFFING
Broadens definition of "employee" to include assistants/technologists providing direct medical care to patients and allows union/association to file appeal to personnel appeal board.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S486 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Determine reimbursement rates for medical records copies from health care providers including those that utilize an electronic health records system.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S270 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER
Establishes aging/disability resource center within division of elderly affairs as part of long-term care system for elderly/disabled persons/family caregivers/providers and makes annual appropriation in the sum of $1,000,000 to establish the center.
Passage Y
June 07, 2017 S555 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES
Establishes a free course of instruction for the parent, guardian, or designee of a child enrolled in a driver education program effective upon approval of an online version of the course by the board of education but no sooner than January 1, 2018.
Passage N
June 07, 2017 S200 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION OF PUPILS - BUS TRANSPORTATION
Permits school committees to fulfill the student transportation obligations by using "pupil transportation vehicles" as defined in section 31-22.1-1.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S843 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- TAX SALES
Provides that if the Rhode Island housing and mortgage finance corporation is a tax title purchaser, it shall not be liable for violations in connection with the tax title property, prior to the expiration of five (5) years from the date of the tax sale.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S613 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - PROCEDURE IN PARTICULAR ACTIONS
Provides that those seeking review of a post-conviction relief final judgment must file their petition for writ of certiorari within sixty days from the date of final judgment.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S612 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--PROCEDURE GENERALLY
Adds the Rhode Island traffic tribunal to the list of courts afforded the ability to dismiss cases for lack of prosecution.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S608 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
Requires local law enforcement to share information with local school departments for the purposes of notifying parents of students whose bus stop is within 1000 feet of the residence of level 3 sex offender.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S597 AN ACT RELATING TO PROBATE PRACTICE - LIMITED GUARDIANSHIP AND GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULTS
Increases the guardianship ad litem maximum fee from $400 to $800 in guardian/limited guardianship proceedings.
Passage N
June 06, 2017 S407 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE RHODE ISLAND PATIENT SAFETY ACT OF 2008
Amends the definition of "Patient safety work product" to conform with the federal "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005".
Passage as Amended Y
June 06, 2017 S407 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE RHODE ISLAND PATIENT SAFETY ACT OF 2008
Amends the definition of "Patient safety work product" to conform with the federal "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005".
Approval of Amendment Y
June 06, 2017 S230 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- ASSAULTS
Makes assault and battery upon delivery persons a felony and mandates a maximum sentence of imprisonment of 3 years. Persons convicted of such an assault and battery while using a dangerous weapon, the minimum sentence is imprisonment for 5 years.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S178 AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT
Repeals §14-1-60 regarding placement for costs and expenses for certain complaints filed in family court, and chapter 4 of title 14, which establishes the O'Rourke Children's Center.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S177 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS - ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS
Excludes preliminary drafts, notes, impressions, memoranda, working papers and work products involving research at state institutions of higher learning from the definition of a public record.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S911 AN ACT RELATING TO THE BURRILLVILLE LAND TRUST
Increases the tax exemption for real property held by the Burrillville Land Trust to two million dollars ($2,000,000).
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S808 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS
Defines the terms "conduit" and "earmarked" for purposes of reporting campaign contributions and eliminates the aggregate contribution limits and adds a prohibition of earmarked funds.
Passage Y
June 06, 2017 S392 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - DISTRICT COURT
Empowers certain municipal housing courts to order a building into receivership pursuant to the provisions of chapter 44 of title 34, "abandoned property."
Passage Y
June 01, 2017 S803 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- UNIFORM INTERSTATE FAMILY SUPPORT ACT -- GENERAL PROVISIONS
Makes a technical correction to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
SUPPORT ACT Y
June 01, 2017 S762 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- GENERAL POWERS
Authorizes the Middletown Municipal Court to impose fines not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000).
GENERAL POWERS Y
June 01, 2017 S611 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS -- COURT ADMINISTRATION
Limits the judiciary's publicly available list of delinquent persons to the 100 delinquent persons owing the largest amount of court imposed or court related fees, and other monetary obligations which have been unpaid for a period in excess of 90 days.
COURTS - COURT ADMINISTRATION Y
June 01, 2017 S341 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE
Requires that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Care & Control Association.
ANIMAL CARE Y
June 01, 2017 S266 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASELOAD ESTIMATING CONFERENCES
Requires the participation and input of the EOHHS, DHS, DCYF and BDHDDH in medical assistance and public assistance caseload estimating conferences and the generation of monthly data to the members of the caseload estimating conference.
PUBLIC FINANCE Y
June 01, 2017 S885 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- RHODE ISLAND CERTIFICATION STANDARDS BOARD
Creates a reporting requirement for the commissioners of education and the council on elementary and secondary education concerning teacher training and the effect of new regulations.
STANDARDS BOARD Y
June 01, 2017 S883 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE RHODE ISLAND CHILDREN'S CRUSADE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
Establishes the college crusade of Rhode Island, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the Rhode Island secretary of state, as the entity that will administer and operate all program services and manage scholarship resources.
FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Y
June 01, 2017 S554 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Requires accreditation by a Regional Accrediting Agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for distance learning institutions to transact business or grant degrees in Rhode Island.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS Y
June 01, 2017 S104 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SOCIAL SERVICES
Defines and declares the purpose of child opportunity zones and would provide for annual reporting from the commissioner of elementary and secondary education to the general assembly on each zone.
SOCIAL SERVICES Y
June 01, 2017 S788 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LONG-TERM CARE COORDINATING COUNCIL
Amends the membership of the long-term care coordinating council from forty-one (41) members to thirty-three (33) members.
Passage as Amended Y
June 01, 2017 S788 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LONG-TERM CARE COORDINATING COUNCIL
Amends the membership of the long-term care coordinating council from forty-one (41) members to thirty-three (33) members.
Approval of Amendment Y
June 01, 2017 S577 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH CARE FACILITIES - LICENSING
Amends the definition of health care facility to allow a hospital or an affiliate of a hospital to own and operate ambulatory-care facilities.
Passage as Amended Y
June 01, 2017 S577 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH CARE FACILITIES - LICENSING
Amends the definition of health care facility to allow a hospital or an affiliate of a hospital to own and operate ambulatory-care facilities.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 31, 2017 S850 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE I-195 REDEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2011
Requires the I-195 commission to conduct training for new commission members which would include training in ethics. It makes the commission subject to the open meetings acts, the access to public records acts and their exemptions.
THE I-195 REDEVELOPMENT ACT Y
May 31, 2017 S802 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - CONDUCT OF ELECTION AND VOTING EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Requires that election supplies furnished by the board of elections would be delivered to or picked up by the proper officer as determined by the board no later than twelve o'clock p.m. (12:00 p.m.) on the day before the election.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES Y
May 31, 2017 S794 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - CONDUCT OF ELECTION AND VOTING, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Gives local boards discretion to designate times and places where optical scan voting equipment and sample ballots are exhibited for instructional purposes.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES Y
May 31, 2017 S793 AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Allows a person appointed as a primary official to be an employee of the United States, of this state, or of any city or town of this state.
PRIMARY ELECTIONS Y
May 31, 2017 S661 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - IDENTIFICATION AND APPREHENSION OF CRIMINALS
Provides that any applicant for employment or volunteer activity of a religious organization, undergo a national background check at the request of said religious organization, as a condition of employment.
APPREHENSION OF CRIMINALS Y
May 31, 2017 S605 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- SUPERIOR COURT
Allows those individuals with prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver or crimes of violence, to be eligible for the drug court program in Superior Court.
COURTS - SUPERIOR COURT Y
May 31, 2017 S603 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES
Requires that matters adjudicated under the Automated School-Zone-Speed-Enforcement System Act of 2016 be done in accordance with rules promulgated by the Chief Magistrate of the Traffic Tribunal.
MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES Y
May 31, 2017 S384 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY
Eliminates rent abatement as a penalty in case where a non-resident landlord does not designate an agent for service of process.
PROPERTY Y
May 31, 2017 S275 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS
Requires infants and toddlers under two (2) years of age or weighing less than thirty pounds (30 lbs.) be retrained in rear-facing car seats.
CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS Y
May 31, 2017 S894 AN ACT RELATING TO THE TOWN OF WEST WARWICK - RATIFICATION OF CHARTER AMENDMENTS
Validates and ratifies amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the town of West Warwick, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the town of West Warwick on May 19, 2016.
OF CHARTER AMENDMENTS Y
May 31, 2017 S273 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES
Places time requirements on the implementation of projects authorized by the state traffic commission excluding geometric improvements, roundabouts and new signals.
MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES Y
May 31, 2017 S884 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - ESTABLISHMENT OF PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS
Provides that a charter public school that operates or will operate elementary school grades, middle school grades or high school grades shall be considered a network charter school notwithstanding the facility or the administration of the school.
PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS NV
May 31, 2017 S306 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM
Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to consider incorporating substance abuse education and suicide prevention into the health education curriculum.
CURRICULUM Y
May 31, 2017 S101 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS
Establishes a process by which a virtual education plan may be established and used by school districts during inclement weather which would count as a school day, provided that the plan is approved by the council on elementary and secondary education.
COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS Y
May 31, 2017 S22 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS
Requires the assessment to examine the status of each school building's safety be completed by November 1 of the year mandated.
HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS Y
May 30, 2017 S740 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- INSPECTIONS OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Makes changes to the licensing procedures for health care facilities.
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES Y
May 30, 2017 S578 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Prohibits insurance companies from varying the premium rates charged for a health coverage plan based on the gender of the individual policy holder, enrollee, subscriber, or member.
INSURANCE POLICIES N
May 30, 2017 S545 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
Repeals the law which provides enhanced penalties of a fine of not more than $250/ imprisonment for not more than 6 months for disclosure of health care information with respect to an individual diagnosis and treatment of a sexually transmitted disease.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES Y
May 30, 2017 S544 AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON BEHAVIOR HEALTH
Increases membership of council from 26 to 31 voting members with amendments to reflect current names of state depts./divisions/agencies listed in statute.
GOV. COUNCIL ON BEHAVIOR HEALTH Y
May 30, 2017 S502 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - NURSING FACILITIES BED CAPACITY MORATORIUM
Establishes limited conditions that must be satisfied to permit an increase in the bed capacity of existing nursing facilities, despite the moratorium on expansion.
CAPACITY MORATORIUM Y
May 30, 2017 S500 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PSYCHOLOGISTS
Increases psychology board from 5 to 7 members and allows delegations of disciplinary hearings to a hearing officer.
PSYCHOLOGISTS Y
May 30, 2017 S499 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - REGISTRATION OF NURSING ASSISTANTS
Allows for a nurse to delegate tasks to nursing assistants and authorizes the department of health to promulgate regulations that delineate delegable tasks.
Passage as Amended Y
May 30, 2017 S499 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - REGISTRATION OF NURSING ASSISTANTS
Allows for a nurse to delegate tasks to nursing assistants and authorizes the department of health to promulgate regulations that delineate delegable tasks.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 30, 2017 S493 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
Requires health care professionals upon issuance of initial opioid prescription to discuss with patient/parent/guardian risk of developing dependence/addiction/potential of overdose/death/adverse risks of concurrent use of alcohol/other psychoactive drugs
UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT Y
May 30, 2017 S490 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE
Provides insurance for infertility regardless of marital status and also increases the maximum treatment age from 40 years to 42 years. Also redefines the term "infertility" to mean a woman who is unable to sustain a pregnancy during a period of 1 year.
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE N
May 30, 2017 S325 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- LONG-TERM MANAGED CARE ARRANGEMENTS
Requires managed care organizations to consult with the EOHHS to develop incentives for nursing facilities that demonstrate lower direct care staff turnover.
CARE ARRANGEMENTS Y
May 30, 2017 S146 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Adds two (2) requirements that a hospital provide to a prospective patient, the requested cost estimate of their requested anticipated hospital services within five (5) business days of request and the cost of any facility fee.
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES Y
May 30, 2017 S890 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - BRISTOL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS TAX RELIEF
Enables the town of Bristol to provide tax relief to volunteer firefighters based upon certain qualifying criteria.
FIREFIGHTERS TAX RELIEF Y
May 30, 2017 S889 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION--TOWN OF WARREN
Increases various property tax exemptions available in the town of Warren.
TOWN OF WARREN Y
May 25, 2017 S398 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- APPOINTMENTS COMMISSIONS
Changes the responsibility of making appointments to certain advisory and exchange commissions from the lieutenant governor to the senate president.
APPOINTMENTS COMMISSIONS Y
May 24, 2017 S905 AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY - PERMANENT JOINT COMMITTEE ON NAMING ALL NEW BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, EDIFICES AND OTHER STATE CONSTRUCTIONS
Renames the College of Pharmacy building on Greenhouse Road at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, as "Paramaz Avedisian '54 Hall."
THE "PARAMAZ AVEDISIAN '54 HALL" Y
May 24, 2017 S901 JOINT RESOLUTION AMENDING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON DEFENSE ECONOMY PLANNING
Amends the membership of the special legislative commission on defense economy planning by increasing the number of members from twenty-five (25) to twenty-six (26) by adding the Director of Veteran's Affairs, or designee.
ON DEFENSE ECONOMY PLANNING Y
May 18, 2017 S777 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS REQUIRED
Requires an automated external defibrillator (AED) and qualified person to administer an AED at all public places capable of holding three hundred (300) people or more.
Passage Y
May 18, 2017 S442 AN ACT RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION - THE CLIMATE CHANGE COASTAL ADAPTATION TRUST FUND
Establishes the RI coastal adaptation trust fund which would enable cities and towns and the state to apply for grants to fund projects that invest in measures that adapt infrastructure on public lands to address the impacts of climate change.
Passage N
May 17, 2017 S816 AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE -- VETERANS' AFFAIRS
Provides for changes to the veterans' services strategic plan advisory committee to provide coordination of state, federal, and private veterans' services.
Passage Y
May 17, 2017 S538 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
Adds the class of combination vehicles to the list of vehicles eligible for New England Patriots Charitable Foundation registration plates.
Passage Y
May 17, 2017 S363 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES--GASPEE DAY COMMITTEE
Creates a special fundraising license plate for the Gaspee Days committee.
Passage Y
May 17, 2017 S506 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Requires children who seek a special limited work permit to successfully complete a worker rights' training program established and funded by the department of labor and training.
Passage N
May 17, 2017 S288 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - FIREFIGHTERS' ARBITRATION
Allows unionized firefighters to enter into an agreement which continues all contractual provisions contained in an expiring contract until a successor agreement has been reached.
Passage Y
May 17, 2017 S192 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- PAYMENT OF WAGES
Establishes a procedure for employees to secure liens against employers for unpaid wages. Contested claims would be decided by the Superior Court.
Passage NV
May 17, 2017 S733 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PESTICIDE CONTROL
Creates an exception to the registration requirements and registration fees for minor use pesticides.
Passage Y
May 17, 2017 S203 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Places oversight of freshwater lakes, streams, and ponds in the fish and wildlife division of the department of environmental management.
Passage Y
May 11, 2017 S202 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT - DOCK SAFETY
Requires DEM to issue regulations requiring any dock or pier longer than twenty feet (20') and located on a freshwater lake or pond to be equipped with reflective material such that it can be seen by watercraft operators.
Passage Y
May 11, 2017 S112 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS -- RENEWABLE ENERGY GROWTH PROGRAM
Expands the renewable energy growth program for an additional ten (10) years after the fifth program year, with an annual target of forty (40) nameplate megawatts for each year of the ten (10) year period.
Passage Y
May 11, 2017 S633 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CIVIC EDUCATION COMMISSION
Alters the membership, reporting protocol, and meeting requirements of the civic education commission.
Passage Y
May 11, 2017 S106 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM
Requires the department of education to consider incorporating media literacy education in the basic education program.
Passage Y
May 10, 2017 S791 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AMENDMENTS TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF WARREN
Ratifies and validates the amendments to the Warren Home Rule Charter which were approved by the electors of the town of Warren at the polls on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
May 10, 2017 S543 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY REGISTRATION ACT
Provides for the registration and oversight of appraisal management companies operating in this state.
Passage Y
May 10, 2017 S543 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY REGISTRATION ACT
Provides for the registration and oversight of appraisal management companies operating in this state.
Passage Reconsider Y
May 10, 2017 S299 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS
Removes the exception to qualification for a broker's license previously granted those with a baccalaureate in real estate.
Passage Y
May 09, 2017 S333 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - RHODE ISLAND DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE ACT
Amends several sections of the general laws pertaining to the calculation of impact fees by municipalities in the state by requiring that needs assessments of the fees be conducted every 5 years with certain exceptions.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S383 AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - VISITATION RIGHTS
Establishes guidelines for the family court to use to decide petitions for visitation by grandparents based on a best interest of the grandchild standard.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S768 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - GENERAL POWERS
Allows the city council of Warwick to confer upon its municipal court the jurisdiction to apply the provisions of chapter 44 of title 34 regarding abandoned property.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S761 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- OPEN MEETINGS
Exempts fire districts and entities with no tax or policy making authority from certain posting requirements of open meetings act.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S673 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- STATE CRIME LABORATORY
Changes the director and other positions at the state crime laboratory from board of governors' appointments to employees of the council on postsecondary education.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S381 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- OPEN MEETINGS
Excludes weekends and state holidays from the calculation of the forty-eight (48) hour public notice requirement, and requires all public bodies to keep minutes of open meetings and file their minutes with the secretary of state.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S753 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF COVENTRY
Validates and ratifies amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the town of Coventry, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the town of Coventry on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S749 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY
Bars adjusters and contractors from premises under investigation by the fire marshal until premises are released, and provides penalties for violation.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S218 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES
Increases from three (3) to six (6) years the interval of time within which a city or town must conduct an update of its last real property revaluation.
Passage Y
May 04, 2017 S108 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RESILIENT RHODE ISLAND ACT OF 2014 - CLIMATE CHANGE COORDINATING COUNCIL
Directs the climate change coordinating council to study a carbon pricing program.
Passage as Amended Y
May 04, 2017 S108 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RESILIENT RHODE ISLAND ACT OF 2014 - CLIMATE CHANGE COORDINATING COUNCIL
Directs the climate change coordinating council to study a carbon pricing program.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 03, 2017 S542 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- REGISTRATION FEES--DISABLED VETERANS
Expands and clarifies what constitutes disability entitling disabled veterans to the waiver of motor vehicle registration fees.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S364 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Prohibits individuals from completing alcohol-server training requirements from online or Internet sources.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S292 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Provides that the department of business regulation administer alcoholic server training programs rather than the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S752 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WOONSOCKET
Validates and ratifies amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the city of Woonsocket, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the city of Woonsocket on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S721 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- SIZE, WEIGHT AND LOAD LIMITS--MIDDLETOWN
Imposes size and weight restrictions on through traffic on Forest Avenue, Middletown.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S636 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS
Increases the administrative penalties that the director of DEM may impose for violations of environmental regulations up to five thousand dollars ($5,000).
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S563 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Allows a pound or animal shelter to put an animal up for adoption after ten (10) days if it has a tag or after five (5) days if it has no tag.
Passage N
May 03, 2017 S562 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- STATEWIDE MUNICIPAL SOLAR PERMIT
Requires the Rhode Island office of energy resources, in consultation with the building commission to promulgate rules and regulations to create a statewide solar photovoltaic permit application.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S561 AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DOGS
Appoints an animal control officer to the rabies control board.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S559 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- VETERINARY PRACTICE
Removes certain restrictions on who can perform routine husbandry procedures on livestock and allows a licensed human medical practitioner to assist a licensed veterinarian.
Passage Y
May 03, 2017 S558 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - QUONSET DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Provides that the Quonset Development Corporation may purchase and obtain water service from any city, town, water district, or other water supply authority.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S745 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- RHODE ISLAND PATHWAYS PROJECT
Requires the executive office of health and human services (EOHHS) to conduct a study to assess the impact of using Medicaid funds to provide coverage for the treatment of the chronically homeless.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S145 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES
Requires a health care entity or health plan to issue a decision regarding the credentialing of a health care provider within forty-five (45) calendar days of receiving a complete credentialing application.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S700 AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS--CREDIT UNIONS
Transfers the expulsion power of members to credit union management from the board of directors, provides written notice to the member of expulsion, and establishes a ten (10) business day appeal procedure to the board of directors.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S618 AN ACT RELATING TO CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND PARTNERSHIPS - RHODE ISLAND NONPROFIT CORPORATION ACT
Simplifies process for foreign corporations to obtain certificate of authority by producing only certificate of good standing legal assistance from incorporating state or country.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S430 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY SERVICES
Allows the town of New Shoreham to establish its own regulatory framework regarding transportation network company services.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S198 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - CONDOMINIUM INSURANCE
Requires a condominium association to provide a unit owner, whose unit has sustained insurance covered damages, with a written copy of the insurance company's damage appraisal.
Passage as Amended Y
May 02, 2017 S198 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - CONDOMINIUM INSURANCE
Requires a condominium association to provide a unit owner, whose unit has sustained insurance covered damages, with a written copy of the insurance company's damage appraisal.
Approval of Amendment Y
May 02, 2017 S98 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - SECURITIZATION ACT
Repeals The Public Utility Securitization Act (§§39-1-43 to 60), passed in 1997.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S96 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS
Defines the term an "opinion of value" to be an analysis, opinion, of conclusion prepared by a real estate broker pertaining to the price of property.
Passage Y
May 02, 2017 S95 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - RHODE ISLAND REGULATORY REFORM ACT
The office of regulatory reform shall consult with various state agencies and plant-based representatives to facilitate economic growth.
Passage Y
April 27, 2017 S708 AN ACT IN AMENDMENT TO AN ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE WEST GLOCESTER FIRE DISTRICT"
Amends the charter of the West Glocester Fire District.
Passage Y
April 27, 2017 S650 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF FOSTER
Validates and ratifies amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the town of Foster, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the town of Foster on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
April 27, 2017 S332 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - COMPREHENSIVE DISCHARGE PLANNING
Requires medical treatment facilities to provide discharge plans for patients with nonsubstance abuse related mental health disorders.
Passage Y
April 27, 2017 S331 AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES
Authorizes HHS to apply for waivers to assure for housing, healthcare, and mental and behavioral health care services for the homeless.
Passage Y
April 27, 2017 S330 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004--HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT
Requires the health insurance commissioner to make recommendations to the general assembly to ensure compliance with mental health parity provisions required by existing law.
Passage as Amended Y
April 27, 2017 S330 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004--HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT
Requires the health insurance commissioner to make recommendations to the general assembly to ensure compliance with mental health parity provisions required by existing law.
Approval of Amendment Y
April 27, 2017 S329 AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Provides that patients with mental health and/or substance-use disorders are presumptively eligible for emergency admission practices, including any appropriate inpatient services.
Passage Y
April 27, 2017 S328 SENATE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY ENCOURAGING THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (EOHHS) TO EXAMINE CURRENT POLICIES AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN RHODE ISLAND
Passage Y
April 27, 2017 S324 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - HOME-VISITING SYSTEM COMPONENTS
Directs the department of health to obtain an annual estimate of the number of children born to Rhode Island families who face significant risk factors known to impair child development.
Passage Y
April 25, 2017 S585 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - RETAIL LICENSES - PROVIDENCE
Enables the city of Providence's board of licenses to approve the liquor license applications for a business at 100-102 Hope Street (Assessor's plat 16, lot 263), located within two hundred feet (200') of a church.
Passage Y
April 25, 2017 S85 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS
Creates a veteran's preference in the issuance of state contracts.
Passage Y
April 25, 2017 S655 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE
Validates and ratifies amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the city of East Providence, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the city of East Providence on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
April 11, 2017 S175 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOBILE TELEPHONE USE
Prohibits the use of a non-hands-free personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, except for public safety personnel or in an emergency situation, and would provide for monetary fines for violations.
Passage Y
March 30, 2017 S531 SENATE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE RULES OF THE SENATE FOR YEARS 2017-2018
Passage as Amended Y
March 30, 2017 S531 SENATE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE RULES OF THE SENATE FOR YEARS 2017-2018
Approval of Amendment Y
March 30, 2017 S170 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION AT OF 2016
Adds alcohol and alcohol-related overdoses and possession or transportation of alcohol by an underage person, to the Good Samaritan Act.
Passage Y
March 28, 2017 S373 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Requires that any applicant or holder of a retail license for the sale of alcoholic beverages be required to file a certificate of insurance evidencing liability insurance coverage in certain minimum amounts.
Passage Y
March 28, 2017 S281 AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY - JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE REPEALER
Creates joint committee to compile suggestions for repeal of statutes, regulations, and executive orders.
Passage Y
March 28, 2017 S278 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL LAW - PAROLE BOARD
Prospectively limits appointments and reappointments to the parole board to 3 years.
Passage Y
March 28, 2017 S70 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE BOARD
Requires that parole board members appointed by the governor require the advice and consent of the senate.
Passage Y
March 28, 2017 S20 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- BARBERS, HAIRDRESSERS, COSMETICIANS, MANICURISTS AND ESTHETICIANS
Permits grandfathering the licensing of barbers, hairdressers, cosmeticians, manicurists and estheticians on the basis of work experience or work in another state.
Passage Y
March 23, 2017 S257 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION
Exempts from taxation the Artic Playhouse located at 1249 Main Street in West Warwick.
Passage Y
March 15, 2017 S195 AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES
Permits the Providence licensing board to issue a Class C liquor license for premises at 215 Dean Street.
Passage Y
March 15, 2017 S482 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF JAMESTOWN
Validates and ratifies amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the town of Jamestown, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the town of Jamestown on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
March 15, 2017 S478 AN ACT RELATING TO THE CUMBERLAND FIRE DISTRICT
Establishes that membership on the Cumberland Fire District Fire Committee constitutes holding a public office and that the elections of the Fire Committee are governed by state election laws.
Passage Y
March 15, 2017 S162 AN ACT RELATING TO THE COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT
Changes the date of the annual meeting of the Coventry Fire District from the second Tuesday of December to the second Wednesday of November.
Passage Y
March 15, 2017 S243 SENATE RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN RHODE ISLAND AND TAIWAN, ENHANCING BILATERAL RELATIONS, AND SUPPORTING TAIWAN IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Passage Y
March 09, 2017 S30 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS - PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM
Includes a tax sale as a transfer of property ownership that would trigger the past due balances of any PACE assessment.
Passage Y
March 08, 2017 S284 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS -- CONTRACTORS' BONDS
Prohibits state, general contractors, and construction managers from withholding a retainer of more than five percent (5%) from public works contracts.
Passage N
March 08, 2017 S239 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - ELECTRICIANS - TRADES LICENSING - PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS
Each individual violating law governing electricians, plumbers, and other trades constitutes a separate offense for firms/corporations.
Passage Y
March 08, 2017 S164 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF MIDDLETOWN
Validates and ratify an amendment to the Home Rule Charter of the town of Middletown, which amendment was adopted and approved by the electors of the town of Middletown on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
March 08, 2017 S161 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF SOUTH KINGSTOWN
Ratifies and validates the amendment to the South Kingstown Home Rule Charter which was approved by the electors of the town of South Kingstown at the polls on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
March 08, 2017 S158 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - LOCAL PLANNING BOARD OR COMMISSION
Permits the Barrington town council to appoint two alternate members to the planning board.
Passage Y
March 08, 2017 S157 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF EAST GREENWICH
Validates and ratify amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the town of East Greenwich, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the town of East Greenwich on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
March 08, 2017 S48 AN ACT VALIDATING AND RATIFYING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF BURRILLVILLE
Validates and ratifies amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the town of Burrillville, which amendments were adopted and approved by the electors of the town of Burrillville on November 8, 2016.
Passage Y
March 02, 2017 S77 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- STOPPING, STANDING, AND PARKING RESTRICTIONS
Creates a prohibition on parking in electric vehicle charging stations without using the charging apparatus.
Passage N
February 16, 2017 S168 AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS
Requires a real estate broker to release customer or client funds in an escrow account as instructed by the parties to a failed real estate transaction, within ten (10) days of receipt of a written release.
Passage Y
February 16, 2017 S57 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--PROCEDURE GENERALLY -- FEES
Raises the jurors' fees for each day's attendance on the superior court to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day commencing July 1, 2018 and increases to thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per day commencing July 1, 2019 and thereafter.
Passage Y
February 02, 2017 S11 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- GENERAL PROVISIONS
Clarifies what constitutes a felony, misdemeanor, and petty misdemeanor and also amends the penalties for certain criminal offenses involving assault and larceny, based on the value of property stolen.
Passage Y
February 02, 2017 S10 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- SUPERIOR COURT DIVERSION
Creates superior court diversion program, imposing certain service and screening conditions on defendants in return for exoneration of charges.
Passage Y
February 02, 2017 S9 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE, MEDICAL PAROLE, COMMUNITY CONFINEMENT, AND CORRECTIONAL IMPACTS
Amends certain provisions of the general laws pertaining to parole, medical parole, and community confinement.
Passage Y
February 02, 2017 S8 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- SENTENCE AND EXECUTION
Makes various changes to the sentencing and execution guidelines for purposes of criminal procedure and would add new conditions of criminal probation.
Passage Y
February 02, 2017 S7 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION
Amends provisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act.
Passage Y
February 02, 2017 S6 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - CORRECTIONS - BATTERERS INTERVENTION PROGRAMS AND PROBATION SUPERVISION
Creates a batterers intervention program fund and also adopts evidence-based probation and parole supervision systems.
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February 02, 2017 S5 JOINT RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT ALL BRANCHES OF STATE GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE ON POLICY ACTIONS AND INVESTMENTS TO IMPLEMENT THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE FACILITATED BY THE COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS JUSTICE CENTER
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