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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. Bill numbers are included for each bill Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is tracking as well as information on the latest hearings and progress of each bill.

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 visit the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks legislation in the following areas:

Child Welfare Legislation

Senate Bill No. 166
BY  Quezada, Crowley, Cano, Euer, Metts
ENTITLED, 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 younger than twenty-one (21) years of age for purposes of abuse and neglect determinations in accordance with federal law.)
{LC613/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


House Resolution No. 5325
BY  Roberts, Chippendale, Quattrocchi, Lima, Price
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AT THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES (Creates a 5 member commission to study the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families' policies and procedures, and who would report back by January 2, 2020, and expire on March 2, 2020.)
{LC1325/1}
02/07/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Early Learning & Development Legislation

Senate Bill No. 198
BY  Ciccone, Nesselbush, Quezada, Cano, Archambault
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC463/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 199
BY  Gallo, Satchell, Sheehan, Seveney, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHING A CLASS SIZE MAXIMUM FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWO (2) (Limits public school K through 2 class size to twenty (20) students.)
{LC1056/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


House Bill No. 5009
BY  McNamara, Casimiro, Ackerman, Amore, Lyle
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.)
{LC226/1}
01/03/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5047
BY  Millea, O'Brien, Amore, Hawkins, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHING A CLASS SIZE MAXIMUM FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWO (2) (Limits public school K through 2 class size to twenty (20) students.)
{LC191/1}
01/09/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5071
BY  Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Provides for professional development opportunities relating to reading disabilities and would require two (2) hours of professional development instruction pertaining to reading disabilities for certain general education teachers.)
{LC187/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/01/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/06/2019 Withdrawn at sponsor's request (02/06/2019)


House Bill No. 5106
BY  Diaz, Donovan, Casimiro, Slater, Ackerman
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE -- STATE SUBSIDIES (Expands the tiered-rate structure for childcare assistance program to meet federal benchmark for access to high-quality childcare for all age groups of children.)
{LC541/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5271
BY  McEntee, Craven, Caldwell, McKiernan, Millea
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- RHODE ISLAND PARENTAL AND FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (Allows an employee granted unpaid family or parental leave to substitute any accrued vacation, sick or other appropriate paid leave for any part of the unpaid leave.)
{LC1210/1}
02/01/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
02/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 5386
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, Donovan, Amore, Craven
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING SUFFICIENT SUMS TO PAY ONE-HALF THE COSTS OF TEACHERS IN OBTAINING AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION ("IDA") ALIGNED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DYSLEXIA KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE
{LC1381/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5426
(by request)
BY  Quattrocchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCREENING AND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA AND RELATED DISORDERS (Requires public schools to provide screening for dyslexia/related disorders/establish approp. treatment and/or education plan for students starting in school year 2020-2021/creates study comm. for 2 schools dedicated to instruction of dyslexic children.)
{LC1153/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


Economic Well-Being Legislation

Senate Bill No. 129
BY  Felag, Metts, Goldin, Euer, DiPalma
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Provides for tax years on or after 1/1/2020 a taxpayer entitled to federal earned-income credit increase from 15% to 18% as a state- earned income credit not to exceed the amount of state income tax.)
{LC782/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 174
BY  Lynch Prata, Goodwin, Metts, McKenney, Conley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGES (Increases the hourly minimum wage effective January 2, 2020 to eleven dollars and fifty cents ($11.50) per hour and effective January 1, 2021, to twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) per hour.)
{LC816/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 191
BY  Metts, Quezada, Crowley, Lombardi, Cano
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS - SMALL LOAN LENDERS (Repeals the provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders.")
{LC842/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Commerce


Senate Bill No. 241
BY  Raptakis, Lombardo, Paolino, Lombardi, Morgan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Increases the hourly minimum wage in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast Region for the four (4) previous fiscal years, effective January 1, 2021.)
{LC393/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


House Bill No. 5097
BY  Bennett, Lima, Williams, Blazejewski, Barros
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Raises the existing minimum wage of ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50) to eleven dollars and fifty cents ($11.50) on January 1, 2020, and then increase to twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) on January 1, 2021.)
{LC561/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor


House Bill No. 5100
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Alzate, Serpa, Amore
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - FEDERAL AID (Requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.)
{LC66/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5105
BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS -- PAYDAY LOANS (Regulates interest rates and terms for payday loans.)
{LC81/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5200
BY  Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION -- CHILD SUPPORT (Extends child support for children attending college and living with custodial parent; restricts the court's power to modify existing orders of child support regarding arrearages owed to custodial parent even if the parties agree to waive.)
{LC609/1}
01/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/25/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/12/2019 Withdrawn at sponsor's request (02/13/2019)


House Bill No. 5235
BY  Diaz, Blazejewski, Slater, McKiernan, Amore
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 two (2) or four (4) year college and still reside with the custodial parent until such children reach the age of twenty-two (22).)
{LC1049/1}
01/30/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5245
BY  Slater, Diaz, O'Brien, Blazejewski, Williams
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, 2019.)
{LC671/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5271
BY  McEntee, Craven, Caldwell, McKiernan, Millea
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- RHODE ISLAND PARENTAL AND FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (Allows an employee granted unpaid family or parental leave to substitute any accrued vacation, sick or other appropriate paid leave for any part of the unpaid leave.)
{LC1210/1}
02/01/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
02/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5356
BY  Lyle, Carson, Ajello, Ruggiero, Tanzi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION -- CHILD SUPPORT (Allows for the extension of child support obligations for non-custodial parents beyond emancipation if the children are attending a two (2) or four (4) year college and still live with the custodial parent until such children reach the age of (21).)
{LC1225/1}
02/08/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration



Education Legislation

Senate Bill No. 14
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.)
{LC100/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 15
BY  Raptakis, Morgan, Paolino, Lombardo, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS - BEGINNING OF SCHOOL YEAR (Requires public schools, including charter schools, begin the school year on the day after Labor Day commencing in the school year 2020-2021.)
{LC395/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 18
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Repeals § 16-7-34.3 regarding reimbursement by the state for conventional public housing students, and adds provisions to § 16-7.2-6 providing permanent foundation education aid funding for students residing in conventional public housing units.)
{LC102/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 43
BY  DiPalma, Picard, Pearson, Murray, Seveney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RESIDENCE OF CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES (Requires the state to reimburse the city or town for any costs associated with transporting children placed in foster care to an educational facility outside the regional transportation district.)
{LC644/1}
01/16/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 44
BY  DiPalma, Seveney, Paolino, Felag, Euer
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Redefines extraordinary costs associated with the education of special education students to be costs that are above the core foundation amount.)
{LC290/1}
01/16/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 47
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Amends 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.)
{LC101/1}
01/16/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 111
BY  Gallo, Conley, Satchell, Pearson, Sheehan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (Provides that the department of education, in consultation with a workgroup composed of various stakeholders, would develop a funding formula for school districts sending students to career and technical programs outside the district.)
{LC684/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 112
(General Treasurer)
BY  Cano, Gallo, Goodwin, Paolino, McCaffrey
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FINANCIAL LITERACY (Mandates that a program of financial literacy be taught to all students in the public high schools throughout the state of Rhode Island.)
{LC334/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Resolution No. 118
BY  Gallo, Satchell, Sheehan, Lawson, Metts
ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE OFFICE OF THE POSTSECONDARY COMMISSIONER FORM A WORK GROUP TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH REVIEW INTO HOW RHODE ISLAND CAN PROTECT STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS
{LC688/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 119
BY  Gallo, Cano, Lawson, Satchell, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Requires that all high school students attending public schools fulfill at least one-half credit or course requirement in civics education, commencing with the graduating class of 2020.)
{LC405/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


House Bill No. 5008
BY  McNamara, Casimiro, Ackerman, Amore, Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT AND STANDARDS FOR ALL STUDENTS (Provides for the review of existing and the development of new statewide academic standards by the commissioner of education.)
{LC222/1}
01/03/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5009
BY  McNamara, Casimiro, Ackerman, Amore, Lyle
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.)
{LC226/1}
01/03/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5033
(General Treasurer)
BY  McNamara, Ackerman, Amore, Diaz, Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FINANCIAL LITERACY (Mandates that a program of financial literacy be taught to all students in the public high schools throughout the state of Rhode Island.)
{LC312/1}
01/04/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5047
BY  Millea, O'Brien, Amore, Hawkins, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHING A CLASS SIZE MAXIMUM FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWO (2) (Limits public school K through 2 class size to twenty (20) students.)
{LC191/1}
01/09/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5068
BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Requires school committees to provide transportation for any student who resides two (2) or more miles from school.)
{LC186/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5069
BY  Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Requires the department of education to develop and make available for school use a mental health curriculum. Requires schools to provide four (4) hours of mental health instruction to seventh (7th) grade students.)
{LC87/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5070
BY  Lombardi, Hull
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.)
{LC185/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5071
BY  Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Provides for professional development opportunities relating to reading disabilities and would require two (2) hours of professional development instruction pertaining to reading disabilities for certain general education teachers.)
{LC187/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/01/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/06/2019 Withdrawn at sponsor's request (02/06/2019)


House Bill No. 5149
BY  Amore, O'Brien, Azzinaro, Edwards, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RESIDENCE OF CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES (Requires the state to reimburse the city or town for any costs associated with transporting children placed in foster care to an educational facility outside the regional transportation district.)
{LC633/1}
01/17/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5162
BY  McNamara, Ackerman, Solomon, Bennett, Cassar
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL STUDENTS (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.)
{LC759/1}
01/23/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5166
BY  Amore, O'Brien, Edwards, Blazejewski, McNamara
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION-ACCESS TO ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (Establishes a process for the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island to accept for college credit an advanced placement subject test score of three (“qualified”) or better.)
{LC634/1}
01/23/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5192
BY  Diaz, Alzate, Maldonado, Fogarty, Tobon
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC216/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Senate Bill No. 196
BY  Coyne, Seveney, DiPalma, Valverde, Euer
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - PUBLIC SAFETY GRANT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE (Extends the sunset provision for the pilot program known as "after school alternative program" until June 30, 2024.)
{LC1086/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 198
BY  Ciccone, Nesselbush, Quezada, Cano, Archambault
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC463/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 199
BY  Gallo, Satchell, Sheehan, Seveney, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHING A CLASS SIZE MAXIMUM FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWO (2) (Limits public school K through 2 class size to twenty (20) students.)
{LC1056/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Resolution No. 200
BY  Metts, Seveney, Quezada, Gallo, Picard
ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REPORTING AND EXPIRATION DATES OF THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE APPROPRIATE STATE AGENCY TO HOUSE ADULT EDUCATION (Extends the reporting and expiration dates of the commission to conduct a review and make recommendations regarding the appropriate state agency to house adult education from March 1, 2019, to March 3, 2020, and would expire on June 3, 2020.)
{LC849/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


House Bill No. 5249
BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Millea, Corvese, O'Brien, Casimiro
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Provides that the state's share of foundation education aid would follow the student, the school the student is attending, and that districts would make adjustments between themselves for and to the nearest monthly increment.)
{LC529/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 5252
BY  Messier, Williams, Ajello, Morin, O'Brien
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PUBLISH AND SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION -- RIGHT TO AN ADEQUATE EDUCATION
{LC1136/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration


House Bill No. 5260
BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Morin, O'Brien, Almeida, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - ARBITRATION - CERTIFIED SCHOOL TEACHERS - MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES (Makes the arbitrator's decision binding on all matters pertaining to certified public school teachers and municipal employees, including those matters involving the expenditure of money.)
{LC535/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
02/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5266
BY  Shanley, McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Solomon, Kennedy
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- REGIONAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT (Amends the career and technical education program to provide standards in curriculum, additional opportunities for students, and provides certain tuition formulas and reimbursement rates.)
{LC1105/1}
02/01/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5300
BY  Diaz, Maldonado, Ranglin-Vassell, Ajello, Noret
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Provides students attending public schools enrolled in grades K-12 with a student's bill of rights prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, gender, economic status or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disabilities.)
{LC1013/1}
02/06/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5324
BY  Amore, Serodio, Barros, Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Requires charter school populations to reflect the combined demographics of the sending district(s) in terms of special education, English language learners, and students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch.)
{LC1063/1}
02/07/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5366
BY  O'Brien, Marshall, Corvese, McNamara, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- TEACHERS RIGHTS (Broadens the definition of "teacher" and create a comprehensive bill of rights for school teachers.)
{LC369/1}
02/08/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5370
BY  O'Brien, Marshall, Craven, Ucci, Lima
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 a new hire school resource officer from a period of three (3) years to ongoing.)
{LC769/1}
02/08/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Resolution No. 5386
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, Donovan, Amore, Craven
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING SUFFICIENT SUMS TO PAY ONE-HALF THE COSTS OF TEACHERS IN OBTAINING AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION ("IDA") ALIGNED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DYSLEXIA KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE
{LC1381/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5426
(by request)
BY  Quattrocchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCREENING AND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA AND RELATED DISORDERS (Requires public schools to provide screening for dyslexia/related disorders/establish approp. treatment and/or education plan for students starting in school year 2020-2021/creates study comm. for 2 schools dedicated to instruction of dyslexic children.)
{LC1153/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Health & Dental Legislation

Senate Bill No. 20
BY  Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LITTLE CIGAR TAX (Requires little cigars tax be imposed in the same manner as cigarette tax with twenty-five percent (25%) of revenue applied to smoking cessation programs and that little cigars be sold in packs of twenty (20) or more.)
{LC378/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 24
BY  Miller, Satchell, Conley, DiPalma, Sosnowski
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC377/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services


Senate Bill No. 26
BY  Crowley, Quezada, Goldin, Nesselbush, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Requires insurance coverage for at least ninety (90) days of residential or inpatient services for mental health and/or substance-use disorders for American Society of Addiction Medicine levels of care 3.1 and 3.3.)
{LC354/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services


Senate Resolution No. 244
Resolution 079
BY  Nesselbush, Lombardi, Satchell, Felag, McKenney
ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, 2019 AS "CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
{LC711/1}
02/05/2019 Recommended for Immediate Consideration
02/05/2019 Senate read and passed


House Bill No. 5069
BY  Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Requires the department of education to develop and make available for school use a mental health curriculum. Requires schools to provide four (4) hours of mental health instruction to seventh (7th) grade students.)
{LC87/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5100
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Alzate, Serpa, Amore
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - FEDERAL AID (Requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.)
{LC66/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5118
BY  Bennett, Handy, Kennedy, Abney, McNamara
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Allows students in public schools to possess and use sunscreen.)
{LC640/1}
01/11/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5162
BY  McNamara, Ackerman, Solomon, Bennett, Cassar
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL STUDENTS (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.)
{LC759/1}
01/23/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5247
BY  Lima, Williams, Bennett
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC1104/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Resolution No. 5284
Resolution 076
BY  Tobon, Kislak, Corvese, McNamara, Bennett
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, 2019 AS "CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
{LC827/1}
02/05/2019 House read and passed


House Bill No. 5431
(Dept. of Health)
BY  Mendez, Alzate, Shanley, Casimiro, Tobon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Includes any "licensed public health dental hygienist" among persons eligible to conduct dental screenings for children in kindergarten, third, and ninth grade.)
{LC1394/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


Housing & Homelessness Legislation

Senate Bill No. 18
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Repeals § 16-7-34.3 regarding reimbursement by the state for conventional public housing students, and adds provisions to § 16-7.2-6 providing permanent foundation education aid funding for students residing in conventional public housing units.)
{LC102/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 24
BY  Miller, Satchell, Conley, DiPalma, Sosnowski
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC377/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services


Senate Bill No. 231
BY  Metts, Crowley, Quezada, Goldin, Cano
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- IMMIGRATION STATUS (Prohibits a landlord from asking about the immigration status of a tenant, prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of residential rental property.)
{LC856/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


House Bill No. 5075
BY  Maldonado, Filippi, Alzate, Morin, Slater
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Requires the sealing of any district court file, where a resolution of a trespass and eviction complaint results in a verdict for the tenant and no appeal is taken.)
{LC172/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/23/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5137
BY  Williams, Shekarchi, Vella-Wilkinson, Barros, Knight
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)
{LC14/1}
01/17/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


Juvenile Justice Legislation

House Bill No. 5333
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, McEntee, Craven, Diaz, Handy
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE (Provides that prisoners who committed offenses prior to age eighteen (18) and were sentenced as adults would be eligible for parole after completing fifteen (15) years of their sentence.)
{LC47/1}
02/07/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 5334
BY  Kislak, Knight, McEntee, Craven, McKiernan
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC981/1}
02/07/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Safety Legislation

House Bill No. 5021
BY  Diaz, Slater, Tobon, Blazejewski, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Criminalizes possession of a firearm by a minor, except when the minor is engaged in certain activities and when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or qualified adult.)
{LC218/1}
01/04/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 5022
BY  Diaz, Slater, Tobon, Blazejewski, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Makes it unlawful for any person to carry a rifle or shotgun in any vehicle or conveyance or on or about their person whether visible or concealed subject to certain exceptions.)
{LC217/1}
01/04/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Resolution No. 5063
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Kislak, Ajello, Williams
ENTITLED, HOUSE 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 7, 2020, and expire on May 7, 2020.)
{LC60/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/30/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Other Legislation

House Bill No. 5150
(Governor)
BY  Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING REVISED APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2019
{LC764/1}
01/17/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5151
(Governor)
BY  Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2020
{LC763/1}
01/17/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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