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Current Legislation

Throughout the legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks the budget and other bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly and presents policy information and data-based testimony to General Assembly committees. 

The Rhode Island General Assembly meets from January to July. During the legislative session additional bills are added on a rolling basis.

To read the full text of a bill, click on the bill number, or track the progress of a bill by visiting the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website and entering the bill number.

Below is the current legislation that is being tracked by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT in each policy area:

Child Welfare Legislation

Senate Bill No. 41

BY  DiPalma, Seveney, Paolino, Pearson, Murray

ENTITLED, 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 case load estimating conference.)

{LC317/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


 

Senate Bill No. 54

BY  Acosta, Quezada, Anderson, Calkin, Cano, Kallman, Mack

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - FAMILY COURT (Family Court to hear abuse allegations for immigrants up to 21 years of age.)

{LC812/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 56

BY  DiPalma, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, de la Cruz, Goodwin

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - PRESERVATION OF FAMILIES WITH DISABLED PARENT ACT (Precludes a parent's disability from serving as the sole basis for the state to institute an investigation of the disabled parent's family.)

{LC314/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 179

BY  Bell, Valverde, Calkin, Goodwin, Goldin, Murray, Lawson, Kallman, Euer, Mendes

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS -- TRAUMA INFORMED SCHOOLS ACT (Establishes the implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools throughout the state.)

{LC285/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Resolution No. 186

BY  Bell, Valverde, Calkin, Goodwin, Goldin, Murray, Lawson, Kallman, Mendes, Mack

ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF THE TRAUMA INFLICTED ON CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE (Creates a 13 member commission to study the impact of the trauma inflicted on children exposed to violence, and report back by February 8, 2022, and expire on May 8, 2022.)

{LC1184/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5141

BY  McEntee, Craven, Caldwell, Casimiro

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- SEXUAL ASSAULT (Increases the age of children able to utilize a recorded forensic interview for cases of sexual abuse in grand jury testimony -- child assault from age fourteen (14) to age eighteen (18).)

{LC656/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/09/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5143

BY  McEntee, Ruggiero, Knight, Craven, Caldwell

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--PROCEDURE GENERALLY -- CAUSES OF ACTION (Expands the definition of the word "perpetrator defendant" for purposes of bringing a civil action based upon sexual abuse or exploitation of a child.)

{LC18/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5157

BY  Casimiro, Fenton-Fung, Lima, Donovan, McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Provides that every superintendent of schools shall create an annual report on the progress and status of academic achievement of foster care youth.)

{LC94/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5283

BY  Williams, Vella-Wilkinson, McEntee, Alzate, Felix

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- LICENSING AND MONITORING OF CHILD PLACING AGENCIES, CHILD CARING AGENCIES, FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE HOMES, AND CHILDREN'S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS (Requires all foster parents to undergo sensitivity training regarding the culture of their foster child.)

{LC57/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5296

BY  Williams, Knight, Batista, Biah, Perez, Hull

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - FAMILY COURT (Family Court to hear abuse allegations for immigrants up to 21 years of age.)

{LC51/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/09/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5302

BY  Williams, McEntee, Alzate, Henries, Felix

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN (DCYF to consider placement of any child with family prior to foster care. If foster care then family of child's heritage receives preference.)

{LC59/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/09/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5306

BY  Williams, Vella-Wilkinson, Perez, Hull, Kazarian

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- ADOPTION OF CHILDREN (Permits a petition for adoption, and if necessary, termination of parental rights, to be filed by a grandparent(s) without the noncustodial parent(s') consent, when the child is in the sole custody of the grandparent(s).)

{LC101/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/09/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5354

BY  O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS ACT (Creates anti-bullying bill of rights to strengthen protection for students who are victims of bullying.)

{LC570/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5394

BY  Cortvriend, Ruggiero, Shekarchi, Bennett, Handy, Cassar, McGaw, Henries, Kislak

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - PRESERVATION OF FAMILIES WITH DISABLED PARENT ACT (Precludes a parent's disability from serving as the sole basis for the state to institute an investigation of the disabled parent's family.)

{LC480/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Early Learning & Development Legislation

Senate Bill No. 60

BY  Goldin, Valverde, DiMario, Cano, Murray

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - RHODE ISLAND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES REPORTING (Permits campaign funds to be used to pay all childcare expenses that are incurred as a direct result of campaign activity.)

{LC755/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 66

BY  Cano, Quezada, Pearson, Lawson, Gallo, Kallman, Acosta, DiPalma, Murray

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RHODE ISLAND EARLY EDUCATOR INVESTMENT ACT (Requires the children’s cabinet, in conjunction with the department of education, to develop and implement strategies to improve the compensation of early educators.)

{LC769/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


 

House Bill No. 5062

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD INNOVATION ACT (Establishes the RI Early Childhood Innovation Act and authorizes department of human services to fund programs for at-risk kindergarten children of $1,000,000 annually.)

{LC188/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5158

BY  Casimiro, Noret, Shallcross Smith, Donovan, McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- RHODE ISLAND EARLY EDUCATOR INVESTMENT ACT (Requires the children’s cabinet, in conjunction with the department of education, to develop and implement strategies to improve the compensation of early educators.)

{LC759/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5211

BY  Casimiro, Donovan, McNamara, Amore, O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Provides two million dollars ($2,000,000) to support comprehensive and effective afterschool, summer learning and workforce development programs for students in grades kindergarten through twelve (K-12).)

{LC1046/1}

01/27/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5227

BY  Alzate, Amore, Blazejewski, Williams, Speakman, Giraldo, Slater, Kazarian, Potter, Diaz

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Adds one new income tax bracket for purposes of state income taxation.)

{LC920/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5234

BY  Diaz, McNamara, Slater, Perez, Tobon

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Allows schools to suspend students, in and out of school, if in grades six or above, and prohibit school committees or principal from suspending students in grade 5 or below unless possessed weapons, narcotics or were found to be a danger.)

{LC939/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5239

BY  Diaz, Slater, Perez, Alzate, Felix, Biah, Ajello, Shallcross Smith, Tobon, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT (Establishes and require funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.)

{LC942/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education

02/04/2021 Committee transferred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5289

BY  Caldwell, Donovan, McEntee

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - RHODE ISLAND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES REPORTING (Permits campaign funds to be used to pay all childcare expenses that are incurred as a direct result of campaign activity.)

{LC690/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5314

BY  Quattrocchi, Place, Filippi, Chippendale, Price

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHIARA'S LAW -- SCREENING AND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA (Requires screening for dyslexia and related disorders for public school students in grades kindergarten through grade four (K-4) and would provide for instruction in cursive writing.)

{LC1087/1}

02/01/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5315

BY  Quattrocchi, Place, Filippi, Chippendale, Price

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES (Requires all responsible school districts to provide all of their students in need of IEP services to receive them, no matter which school they attend or if they are homeschooled.)

{LC1099/1}

02/01/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5317

BY  Quattrocchi, Place, Filippi, Chippendale

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - ARIANNA'S SPEECH FLUENCY ACT (Requires screening for dyslexia and related disorders for public school students in grades kindergarten through grade four (K-4) and would provide for instruction in cursive writing.)

{LC1086/1}

02/01/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Economic Well-Being Legislation

Senate Bill No. 1

BY  Quezada, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Cano, Miller, Gallo, Goldin, Valverde, Seveney

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Gradually increase the minimum wage from eleven dollars and fifty cents ($11.50) per hour to fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour, over 4 years.)

{LC548/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

01/22/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration

01/22/2021 Meeting postponed (01/27/2021)

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommends passage

02/03/2021 Placed on Senate Calendar (02/10/2021)


 

Senate Bill No. 77

BY  Raptakis, Lombardi, Paolino, Lombardo, Ciccone

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Increases the minimum wage commencing January 1, 2022, in accordance with an amount equal to the total percentage increase in the consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Northeast Region for the four (4) previous fiscal years.)

{LC1263/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

Senate Bill No. 121

BY  Kallman, Mack, Quezada, Ciccone, Cano, Euer, Acosta, Lawson, Valverde, DiMario

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RHODE ISLAND FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)

{LC934/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Resolution No. 136

BY  Raptakis, Lombardi, Paolino, Lombardo, Ciccone

ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND REVIEW RHODE ISLAND'S MINIMUM WAGE (Creates an 11 member commission whose purpose it would be to study Rhode Island’s minimum wage, and who would report back to the Senate no later than May 4, 2021, and whose life would expire on January 4, 2022.)

{LC451/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

Senate Bill No. 143

BY  Ciccone

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS --MINIMUM WAGES (Provides increases to the minimum wage in 2021, 2022, and 2023 and implements a permanent formula to provide annual adjustments to the minimum wage thereafter.)

{LC1277/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

02/01/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

Senate Bill No. 183

BY  Euer, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Cano, Mack, Kallman, Lombardo, Valverde, DiMario

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Imposes a moratorium on non-essential evictions/mortgage foreclosures during a state of emergency declared by the governor relating to residential property and establishes an eviction diversion program to resolve landlord-tenant eviction disputes.)

{LC513/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5013

BY  Slater

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Raises the earned income tax credit from fifteen percent (15%) to twenty percent (20%) for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2021.)

{LC220/1}

01/13/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5073

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SECURING THE FINANCIAL FUTURE FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (Provides that the council on elementary and secondary education be encouraged to maintain, publish and update statewide standards for instruction of personal finance in public high schools.)

{LC185/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education


 

House Resolution No. 5095

BY  Williams, Biah, Henries, Ranglin-Vassell, Ajello

ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT GOVERNOR RAIMONDO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER IMPOSING A MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS DUE TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19), WHILE AT THE SAME TIME EXPLORING WAYS TO PROTECT LANDLORDS

{LC146/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5130

BY  Bennett, Solomon

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Gradually increases the minimum wage from eleven dollars and fifty cents ($11.50) per hour to fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour, over a four (4) year period.)

{LC625/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House Labor


 

House Bill No. 5293

BY  Diaz, McNamara, Slater, Vella-Wilkinson, Perez, McLaughlin, Alzate, Felix, Tobon

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DIVORCE AND SEPARATION--CHILD SUPPORT (Extends child support obligations for non-custodial parents beyond emancipation if the children are attending a 2 or 4 year college and still reside with the custodial parent until 22 years of age.)

{LC941/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/09/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5308

BY  Williams, Ajello, Vella-Wilkinson, Giraldo, Perez

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS - SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN (Eliminates any award of interest by the family court in any enforcement proceeding resulting in a judgment or order for failure to make child support payments.)

{LC34/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5309

BY  Diaz, Slater, Perez, Giraldo, Casey, Felix, Fellela, Tobon, Kazarian, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Imposes a moratorium on non-essential evictions/mortgage foreclosures during a state of emergency declared by the governor relating to residential property and establishes an eviction diversion program to resolve landlord-tenant eviction disputes.)

{LC959/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5366

BY  O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Raises the earned-income tax credit from fifteen percent (15%) to fifty percent (50%) for the tax years 2022 and beyond.)

{LC584/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Education Legislation

Senate Bill No. 13  SUB A

BY  Goodwin, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Gallo, Cano, Pearson, Bell, Goldin, Mack, Coyne

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Provides that the council on elementary and secondary education would not grant approval for the creation or expansion of any new charter school until after the 2022, 2023, 2024 school year.)

{LC433/A/1}

01/12/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

01/15/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration

01/18/2021 Meeting postponed (01/20/2021)

01/18/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/27/2021)

01/26/2021 Proposed Substitute

01/27/2021 Committee recommends passage of Sub A

02/02/2021 Placed on Senate Calendar (02/10/2021)


 

Senate Bill No. 31

BY  Seveney, Euer, DiPalma, Miller, Coyne, Goodwin

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SUICIDE PREVENTION--THE NATHAN BRUNO AND JASON FLATT ACT (Creates the "Nathan Bruno and Jason Flatt Act" which requires training of teachers/students/school personnel regarding suicide awareness and prevention, and the establishment of a conflict resolution process between teachers or school personnel/students.)

{LC368/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 33

BY  Goldin, DiMario

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EDUCATION ACCOUTABILITY ACT (Requires that the board of education incorporate additional questions into its annual assessment of schools and related surveys and provide annual reports to the house of representatives and the senate.)

{LC745/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 45

BY  Pearson, Cano, Gallo, Murray, Valverde, Archambault, DiMario, Anderson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- STAY INVESTED IN RI WAVEMAKER FELLOWSHIP (Expand the Wavemaker Fellowship Program to include public school teachers in the high-need fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.)

{LC820/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


 

Senate Bill No. 73

(Attorney General)

BY  Ruggerio, Coyne, Goodwin, Gallo, Pearson, Euer

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - THE HAROLD M. METTS SCHOOL SAFETY ACT OF 2021 (Prohibits possession of firearms on school grounds except for peace officers, retired law enforcement officers, persons under contract to provide school security services, and unloaded firearms in locked containers or a locked rack on motor vehicles.)

{LC259/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 76

BY  Gallo, Cano, Lawson, Euer, Pearson, Miller, McCaffrey, Sosnowski, Ruggerio, Seveney

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Requires that commencing with the graduating class of 2022 and all subsequent graduating classes thereafter, all high school students attending public schools shall fulfill at least one-half credit or course requirement in civics education.)

{LC1054/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 85

BY  Seveney, Quezada, Pearson, Cano, DiPalma

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Requires that benchmarks specific to each local education authority (LEA) be developed by the department of education to improve cost controls, efficiencies and program effectiveness.)

{LC369/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 90

BY  Cano, Murray, Pearson, Picard, Quezada, Lawson, Euer, Seveney, DiPalma, Calkin

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Adds to the determination of the need to support high-need students the following factor: Whether the student is an English language learner as defined by the department of education's regulations.)

{LC836/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 91

BY  Murray, Cano, Pearson, Picard, Burke, Acosta, Seveney, Rogers, Mendes, Mack

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Requires a review by the department of elementary and secondary education of the formula components used to compute the aid needed to support high need students.)

{LC835/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

House Bill No. 5018

BY  Lombardi

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Directs the council on elementary and secondary education to develop recommendations for a high school curriculum to prepare students for successful postsecondary education and careers in computer science.)

{LC247/1}

01/13/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/29/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5027

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (Incorporates SurveyWorks school climate indicators for evaluating the performance of LEAs and individual public schools.)

{LC150/1}

01/15/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/29/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5028

BY  Newberry, Amore, Carson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE CIVIC LITERACY ACT (Requires the implementation of the civic literacy act for all students between the 8th and 12th grades.)

{LC524/1}

01/15/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/29/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5067

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - THE PROMOTING ACCESS TO INCREASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (Directs that services provided by school social workers and certified school psychologists would be included as health care related services eligible for federal Medicaid reimbursement.)

{LC191/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/29/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5069

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EQUITABLE ACCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (Requires all charter public schools actively recruit students from and in every district that the school is chartered to service and receive students from.)

{LC500/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5071

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE (Directs school districts experiencing high rates of student absenteeism to establish attendance review teams to address this absenteeism.)

{LC186/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5073

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SECURING THE FINANCIAL FUTURE FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (Provides that the council on elementary and secondary education be encouraged to maintain, publish and update statewide standards for instruction of personal finance in public high schools.)

{LC185/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5076

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (Requires the principal at each school to provide an annual report on the number of graduating students and the number applying for admission to college or vocational training.)

{LC153/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/29/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5078

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Requires that prior to any suspension being issued to a student or pupil in grades K-5, inclusive, the school would implement an individual behavior plan (the "plan") for the student.)

{LC149/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5079

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FUNDRAISING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Allows a school district to assess or request a voluntary contribution of money from a student or the student's parent or legal guardian to make a donation, in whole or in part, for the cost of district-sponsored field trips, dances, and clubs.)

{LC152/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5157

BY  Casimiro, Fenton-Fung, Lima, Donovan, McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Provides that every superintendent of schools shall create an annual report on the progress and status of academic achievement of foster care youth.)

{LC94/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5159

BY  Casimiro, Noret, Fenton-Fung, Caldwell, Donovan

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Designates physical, occupational, speech, and music therapies and behavioral health services as essential special services to be provided to students with disabilities during times of a declared emergency.)

{LC134/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/10/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5193

BY  O'Brien, Corvese, Ajello, Biah, Kislak

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS (Limits to the creation of new district charter schools, independent charter schools, and mayoral academy’s. Mandates state to not appropriate funding for charter schools.)

{LC691/1}

01/27/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5208

BY  Serpa, O'Brien, Phillips, Casey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- PAUL W. CROWLEY STUDENT INVESTMENT INITIATIVE (Restructures professional development investment fund to assume duties of dissemination of curriculum materials/frameworks/assessments/development plans with annual allocation of $200 per student.)

{LC781/1}

01/27/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5211

BY  Casimiro, Donovan, McNamara, Amore, O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Provides two million dollars ($2,000,000) to support comprehensive and effective afterschool, summer learning and workforce development programs for students in grades kindergarten through twelve (K-12).)

{LC1046/1}

01/27/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5216

BY  O'Brien, Corvese, Kazarian, Williams, McNamara, Ajello, Casimiro, Amore

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FUNDING OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT) (Requires charter schools that disenroll or return a student to the sending prior to the end of an academic year, to return all public received by the charter school to educate that student for that academic year.)

{LC589/1}

01/27/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

House Bill No. 5224

BY  Shekarchi, Diaz, Amore, Baginski, Blazejewski, Kazarian, Potter, Felix, Biah, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Removes the requirement that the scholarship program cease with the enrollment of the high school graduating class of 2021 at the community college of Rhode Island.)

{LC1215/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5229

BY  Amore, Alzate, Tanzi, Kislak

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Creates a new income tax bracket of 6.99% on taxable income over five hundred thousand dollars. Any tax collected on this income deposited into restricted receipt account and expended on education for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.)

{LC179/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5232

BY  McNamara, Amore, Noret, Casimiro

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FOUNDATION LEVEL SCHOOL SUPPORT (Extends the time period that schools have to commence construction to correct health and safety deficiencies in order to qualify for increased school housing aid.)

{LC754/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5233

BY  Diaz, McNamara, Slater, Vella-Wilkinson, Alzate, Felix, Ajello, Tobon

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Provides students attending public schools enrolled in grades K-12 with a students' bill of rights prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, gender, economic status or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disabilities.)

{LC943/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5234

BY  Diaz, McNamara, Slater, Perez, Tobon

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Allows schools to suspend students, in and out of school, if in grades six or above, and prohibit school committees or principal from suspending students in grade 5 or below unless possessed weapons, narcotics or were found to be a danger.)

{LC939/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Resolution No. 5236

BY  McNamara, Amore

ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP STABILIZE COSTS AND OTHER FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH RHODE ISLAND'S CITIES' AND TOWNS' STUDENT TRANSPORTATION (Creates an 11 member commission to examine and provide recommendations to stabilize cities' and towns' student transportation costs and regulations, and who would report back to the House by January 4, 2022, and expire on April 4, 2022.)

{LC1105/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5237

BY  McNamara, Amore

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Amends the method of calculating state aid to education for the 2021-2022 school year only.)

{LC1104/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5238

BY  Diaz, McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Slater, Perez, Alzate, Biah, Ajello, Tobon, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- COUNCIL ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT] (Creates the "Rhode Island Student Success Act" which would identify those students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition at public universities, colleges or community colleges.)

{LC940/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5239

BY  Diaz, Slater, Perez, Alzate, Felix, Biah, Ajello, Shallcross Smith, Tobon, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT (Establishes and require funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.)

{LC942/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education

02/04/2021 Committee transferred to House Finance


 

Senate Bill No. 149

BY  Picard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Repeals the provisions of § 16-7-34.3 reimbursing state for conventional public housing students and adds similar language to § 16-7.2-6 providing permanent foundation education aid funding for services to students in conventional public housing.)

{LC1061/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 153

BY  Picard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Amends the method for the calculation of the permanent foundation education aid to school districts, and would make an adjustment based upon students residing in qualified low-income housing.)

{LC1060/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 150

BY  Picard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT (Requires that the board of elementary and secondary education adopt a competency-based/proficiency-based learning policy whereby students can earn credits through demonstration of competency.)

{LC1056/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 179

BY  Bell, Valverde, Calkin, Goodwin, Goldin, Murray, Lawson, Kallman, Euer, Mendes

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS -- TRAUMA INFORMED SCHOOLS ACT (Establishes the implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools throughout the state.)

{LC285/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5350

BY  Amore, Alzate, Messier, Williams, Barros, Fogarty, Biah

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ACCESS TO ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (Updates Access to Advanced Placement Courses for All Students Act.)

{LC208/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education

02/08/2021 Committee transferred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5352

BY  Cortvriend, Carson, Amore, Henries, Kazarian, Donovan, Kislak

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT] (Creates the local advisory committee on special education, a majority of which shall be comprised of parents, guardians or caretakers of students with disabilities, to advise every school district on matters concerning students with disabilities.)

{LC474/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5353

BY  Cortvriend, Ruggiero, Carson, Amore, Tanzi, Solomon, Cassar, McGaw, Henries, Alzate, Kislak

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SUICIDE PREVENTION--THE NATHAN BRUNO AND JASON FLATT ACT (Creates the "Nathan Bruno and Jason Flatt Act" which requires training of teachers/students/school personnel regarding suicide awareness and prevention, and the establishment of a conflict resolution process between teachers or school personnel/students.)

{LC677/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5354

BY  O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS ACT (Creates anti-bullying bill of rights to strengthen protection for students who are victims of bullying.)

{LC570/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5355

BY  O'Brien, Corvese

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF TEACHERS GENERALLY (Act broadens the definition of "teacher" and create a comprehensive bill of rights for school teachers.)

{LC605/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5367

BY  O'Brien, Corvese, McEntee, Craven, Costantino, Noret

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Extends the reimbursement to a school district or municipality for the employment of newly hired school resource officers only.)

{LC585/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Resolution No. 5421

BY  Messier, Kislak, Giraldo, Barros, Knight, Kazarian, Solomon, McNamara, Fellela, Fenton-Fung

ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE -- RIGHT TO ADEQUATE EDUCATION (Adds two sections to the constitution/guarantees residents adequate education permitting learning at high levels, become lifelong learners, productive workers and responsible citizens/makes rights guaranteed under the constitution judicially enforceable.)

{LC860/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

Health & Dental Legislation

Senate Bill No. 3

BY  Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Gallo, Felag, Coyne, Lawson, Cano, Acosta, DiPalma

ENTITLED, 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.)

{LC417/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

01/11/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/14/2021)

01/14/2021 Committee recommends passage

01/19/2021 Placed on Senate Calendar (01/26/2021)

01/26/2021 Senate read and passed

01/27/2021 Referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Health & Human Services


 

Senate Bill No. 4  SUB A

BY  Miller, Goldin, Valverde, Goodwin, Felag, Coyne, Burke, Cano, Seveney, Lawson, Kallman

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- THE TELEMEDICINE COVERAGE ACT (Amends the provisions of the telemedicine coverage act and provide coverage for telemedicine under Rhode Island Medicaid.)

{LC597/A/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

01/11/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/14/2021)

01/13/2021 Proposed Substitute

01/14/2021 Committee recommends passage of Sub A

01/19/2021 Placed on Senate Calendar (01/26/2021)

01/26/2021 Senate voted to recommit to Senate Health and Human Services

02/05/2021 Scheduled for consideration (02/11/2021)


 

Senate Bill No. 5  SUB A

BY  Miller, Pearson, Lawson, Kallman, Lombardo, Mack, DiPalma, Quezada, Euer, Bell

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE (Requires individual health insurers, large group health insurers and small employer health insurers to provide coverage for ten (10) categories of essential health benefits listed in the act.)

{LC360/A/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

01/11/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/14/2021)

01/13/2021 Proposed Substitute

01/14/2021 Committee recommends passage of Sub A

01/19/2021 Placed on Senate Calendar (01/26/2021)

01/26/2021 Senate passed Sub A

01/27/2021 Referred to House H.E.W.

02/02/2021 Committee transferred to House Health & Human Services


 

House Bill No. 5067

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - THE PROMOTING ACCESS TO INCREASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (Directs that services provided by school social workers and certified school psychologists would be included as health care related services eligible for federal Medicaid reimbursement.)

{LC191/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/29/2021 Committee transferred to House Education

01/29/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/03/2021)

02/03/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5371

BY  Casimiro, Alzate, Kazarian

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- HEALTHY BEVERAGE ACT (Creates the "Healthy Beverage Act" which would require restaurants that offer children’s meals that include a beverage, to provide a healthy beverage as part of the meal.)

{LC125/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Health & Human Services


 

House Bill No. 5394

BY  Cortvriend, Ruggiero, Shekarchi, Bennett, Handy, Cassar, McGaw, Henries, Kislak

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - PRESERVATION OF FAMILIES WITH DISABLED PARENT ACT (Precludes a parent's disability from serving as the sole basis for the state to institute an investigation of the disabled parent's family.)

{LC480/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Housing & Homelessness Legislation

Senate Bill No. 121

BY  Kallman, Mack, Quezada, Ciccone, Cano, Euer, Acosta, Lawson, Valverde, DiMario

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RHODE ISLAND FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)

{LC934/1}

01/26/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 149

BY  Picard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Repeals the provisions of § 16-7-34.3 reimbursing state for conventional public housing students and adds similar language to § 16-7.2-6 providing permanent foundation education aid funding for services to students in conventional public housing.)

{LC1061/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 153

BY  Picard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Amends the method for the calculation of the permanent foundation education aid to school districts, and would make an adjustment based upon students residing in qualified low-income housing.)

{LC1060/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


 

Senate Bill No. 183

BY  Euer, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Cano, Mack, Kallman, Lombardo, Valverde, DiMario

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Imposes a moratorium on non-essential evictions/mortgage foreclosures during a state of emergency declared by the governor relating to residential property and establishes an eviction diversion program to resolve landlord-tenant eviction disputes.)

{LC513/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

House Resolution No. 5095

BY  Williams, Biah, Henries, Ranglin-Vassell, Ajello

ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT GOVERNOR RAIMONDO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER IMPOSING A MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS DUE TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19), WHILE AT THE SAME TIME EXPLORING WAYS TO PROTECT LANDLORDS

{LC146/1}

01/22/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5257

BY  Williams, Knight, Morales, Biah, Giraldo, Speakman, Henries, Potter, Barros, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RHODE ISLAND FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)

{LC77/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/11/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5268

BY  Diaz, Slater

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS (Requires applicants to pass test to include topics on fair housing and requires 24 hours of continuing education.)

{LC869/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Corporations

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/08/2021)

02/08/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5309

BY  Diaz, Slater, Perez, Giraldo, Casey, Felix, Fellela, Tobon, Kazarian, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Imposes a moratorium on non-essential evictions/mortgage foreclosures during a state of emergency declared by the governor relating to residential property and establishes an eviction diversion program to resolve landlord-tenant eviction disputes.)

{LC959/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5389

BY  Alzate, Speakman, Kazarian, Williams, Fogarty

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Amends the "residential landlord and tenant act" to allow a landlord prior to any residential rental agreement shall deliver to prospective tenant a valid certificate of rental suitability as defined in § 34-18-22.4. Effective July 1, 2022.)

{LC916/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5391

BY  Alzate, Speakman, Kazarian, Williams, Fogarty

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Provides for the sealing and unsealing of court files in residential eviction proceedings. Effective 1/1/2022.)

{LC919/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Juvenile Justice Legislation

Senate Bill No. 188

BY  McCaffrey, Goodwin, Miller, Euer, Lombardi, Kallman, Archambault, Valverde, DiMario, DiPalma

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT (Amends the uniform controlled substances act and reclassifies simple possession of ten grams (10g) or less of certain controlled substances as a misdemeanor punishable as a two (2) year misdemeanor rather than a felony.)

{LC1093/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5144

BY  Casimiro, Ranglin-Vassell, Craven, Knight, Williams, McEntee

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS -- CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS -- PAROLE (Makes minors who were sentenced as adults, eligible for parole after serving fifteen (15) years of a sentence and would not apply to those serving life without parole and would apply to those prisoners whose offenses were committed after 1/1/91.)

{LC129/1}

01/25/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5367

BY  O'Brien, Corvese, McEntee, Craven, Costantino, Noret

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Extends the reimbursement to a school district or municipality for the employment of newly hired school resource officers only.)

{LC585/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5384

BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Williams, Kazarian, Shanley, Casimiro

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT (Reclassifies certain simple possession of drugs as misdemeanor instead of a felony.)

{LC796/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Safety Legislation

Senate Bill No. 73

(Attorney General)

BY  Ruggerio, Coyne, Goodwin, Gallo, Pearson, Euer

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - THE HAROLD M. METTS SCHOOL SAFETY ACT OF 2021 (Prohibits possession of firearms on school grounds except for peace officers, retired law enforcement officers, persons under contract to provide school security services, and unloaded firearms in locked containers or a locked rack on motor vehicles.)

{LC259/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 176

BY  de la Cruz, Rogers, Paolino, Lombardi, Lombardo, Morgan, Ciccone, Raptakis

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Amends the definition of firearms to include tasers, as well as define taser and stun gun.)

{LC271/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Resolution No. 186

BY  Bell, Valverde, Calkin, Goodwin, Goldin, Murray, Lawson, Kallman, Mendes, Mack

ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF THE TRAUMA INFLICTED ON CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE (Creates a 13 member commission to study the impact of the trauma inflicted on children exposed to violence, and report back by February 8, 2022, and expire on May 8, 2022.)

{LC1184/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 191

BY  de la Cruz, Rogers, Paolino, Lombardo, Morgan

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - PROCEDURE GENERALLY - CAUSES OF ACTION (Provides for a cause of action against an individual or entity that prohibits the possession of firearms on real property, except residences, by an individual that is authorized and licensed to carry a firearm.)

{LC263/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5270

BY  Diaz, McNamara, Slater, Perez, Giraldo, Felix, Biah, Tobon, Lima, Abney

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- HOTELS--HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORTING AND PREVENTION ACT (Creates the Human Trafficking Reporting and Prevention Act applicable to hotels, requiring them to educate their employees about identifying, reporting and preventing human trafficking, on their premises.)

{LC947/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Corporations

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/08/2021)

02/08/2021 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


 

House Bill No. 5305

BY  Williams, Knight, Alzate, Batista, Giraldo, Morales, Henries

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES (Driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.)

{LC71/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5381

BY  Williams, Batista, Giraldo, Caldwell, Morales

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Requires firearm sellers to require purchaser to execute medical authorization/release form for release of records relating to addiction/alcoholism/mental health illness for a period of five (5) years.)

{LC30/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5386

(Attorney General)

BY  Knight, Caldwell, Craven, McEntee, Speakman, Blazejewski, Carson, Amore, Kazarian, Williams

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Prohibits obtaining/purchasing/transferring a firearm on behalf of another person if other person prohibited from possessing firearm with increase in penalties for those offenses and applications amended to state number of firearms purchased.)

{LC1017/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5393

BY  Cortvriend, Tanzi, Noret, Hawkins, Bennett, Hull, Cassar, Fogarty, Craven, Casey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – COMMISSION ON STANDARDS AND TRAINING (Requires training/instructions for police officers/trainees to identify persons with cognitive/communication disabilities and to develop law enforcement responses and training for police investigating such complaints.)

{LC871/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Other Legislation

Senate Bill No. 54

BY  Acosta, Quezada, Anderson, Calkin, Cano, Kallman, Mack

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - FAMILY COURT (Family Court to hear abuse allegations for immigrants up to 21 years of age.)

{LC812/1}

01/19/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

Senate Bill No. 190

BY  Ciccone, Acosta, Valverde, Anderson, Calkin, Goodwin, Mendes, Murray, Bell, DiPalma

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' LICENSE -- SAFE ROADS AND MANDATORY INSURANCE

{LC849/1}

02/05/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 5227

BY  Alzate, Amore, Blazejewski, Williams, Speakman, Giraldo, Slater, Kazarian, Potter, Diaz

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Adds one new income tax bracket for purposes of state income taxation.)

{LC920/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5229

BY  Amore, Alzate, Tanzi, Kislak

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Creates a new income tax bracket of 6.99% on taxable income over five hundred thousand dollars. Any tax collected on this income deposited into restricted receipt account and expended on education for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.)

{LC179/1}

01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 5238

BY  Diaz, McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Slater, Perez, Alzate, Biah, Ajello, Tobon, Batista

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- COUNCIL ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT] (Creates the "Rhode Island Student Success Act" which would identify those students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition at public universities, colleges or community colleges.)

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01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Education


 

House Bill No. 5296

BY  Williams, Knight, Batista, Biah, Perez, Hull

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - FAMILY COURT (Family Court to hear abuse allegations for immigrants up to 21 years of age.)

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01/29/2021 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

02/05/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/09/2021)

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