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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


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


Senate Resolution No. 366
BY  Bell, Satchell, Euer, Goldin, Murray
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 7, 2020, and expire on May 7, 2020.)
{LC1568/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/12/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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. 5163
BY  Phillips, Solomon, Shekarchi, Ucci, Hawkins
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - RHODE ISLAND UNIFORM COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE ACT (Permits applicants for commercial driver’s licenses to carry over parts of the required examinations that they passed for a period of two years and require them to retake those portions not passed.)
{LC236/1}
01/23/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/01/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5171
BY  McEntee, Craven, Casimiro, Blazejewski, O'Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--PROCEDURE GENERALLY -- CAUSES OF ACTION (Statute of limitation for childhood sex abuse claims extended to 35 years.)
{LC55/1}
01/23/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/26/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5288
BY  Blazejewski, Kazarian, Casimiro, Marszalkowski, Alzate
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION (Allows family court plaintiffs to seek domestic abuse protective order of minor children not related to the defendant by blood or marriage rather than in district or superior court.)
{LC1030/1}
02/06/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/06/2019 Withdrawn at sponsor's request


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.
03/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5430
BY  Serpa, Casimiro, Ackerman, Fellela, Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - CHILD ADVOCATE OFFICE (Adds the requirement that in DCYF cases resulting in a fatality or near fatality of a child, one of the requirements for the office of the child advocate to investigate the case would be the child or the child's family had prior contact with the DCYF.)
{LC1492/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/22/2019 Scheduled for consideration (03/27/2019)
03/27/2019 Committee recommends passage
03/29/2019 Placed on House Calendar (04/02/2019)
04/02/2019 House read and passed
04/04/2019 Referred to Senate Judiciary


House Bill No. 5482
BY  O'Brien, McEntee, Vella-Wilkinson, Slater, Corvese
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- ADOPTION OF CHILDREN (Allows the family court, after a fact-finding hearing establishing paternity, including the use of DNA, to terminate the parental rights of a person convicted of sexual assault which resulted in the birth of a child.)
{LC370/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/05/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5485
BY  Fellela, Ucci, Costantino, Messier
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- ADOPTION OF CHILDREN (Establishes a voluntary mutual consent sibling adoption registry where adult adopted children and adult siblings can identify each other.)
{LC1459/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/04/2019 Scheduled for consideration


House Bill No. 5489
BY  Blazejewski, Kazarian, Casimiro, Alzate, Marszalkowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION (Allows plaintiffs seeking a domestic abuse protective order in family court to include any of their minor children who are not related to the defendant by blood or marriage within the same complaint and restraining order.)
{LC1368/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/05/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5964
BY  Casimiro, Speakman, Donovan, Caldwell, Amore
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Provides for annual report on academic achievement of foster care youth.)
{LC1955/1}
04/05/2019 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
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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 Bill No. 282
BY  Crowley, Metts, Nesselbush, Sosnowski, Quezada
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.)
{LC1476/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 373
BY  Lombardi, Ciccone, Lombardo, Archambault, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE - CONTRIBUTIONS (Permits employees who are covered by employer sponsored disability insurance programs to elect to be exempt from the state temporary disability insurance program, provided the employer has submitted documentation to the director confirming such coverage.)
{LC1339/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 401
(by request)
BY  Rogers
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.)
{LC1981/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 543
BY  Seveney, Coyne, DiPalma
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.)
{LC1746/1}
03/14/2019 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. 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. 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


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.
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5524
BY  Barros
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUALITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Furnishes financial support for planning/implementation of effective community schools that would provide students with equitable access to high-quality education.)
{LC1818/1}
02/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5550
BY  Casimiro, Ackerman, Shanley, Noret, Alzate
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY (Requires various health care facilities and child care facilities to have automated external defibrillators on site.)
{LC83/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5736
BY  Caldwell, Donovan, Knight, Ajello, Williams
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.)
{LC1930/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5825
BY  Azzinaro, Corvese, Costantino, Solomon, Phillips
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY BENEFITS AND CONTRIBUTIONS (Requires temporary disability contributions and benefits to be calculated based upon an employee's wages and salaries, that shall also include any sales commissions earned.)
{LC2044/1}
03/08/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5853
BY  McNamara, Diaz, Kislak, Jackson, Slater
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD INNOVATION ACT (Establishes the Rhode Island Early Childhood Innovation Act and funds to support programs designed to narrow the education achievement gap for at-risk children who are entering kindergarten.)
{LC228/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Resolution No. 5920
BY  Casimiro, McNamara, Shekarchi
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REPORTING AND EXPIRATION DATES OF THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION KNOWN AS THE "OUT OF SCHOOL TIME LEARNING COMMISSION" (Extends the reporting and expiration dates of the special legislative commission known as the "Out of School Time Learning Commission" from May 15, 2019, to January 28, 2020, and said commission would expire on March 28, 2020.)
{LC2284/1}
03/28/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/10/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 542
BY  Cano, Satchell, Crowley, Metts, Quezada
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUALITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Furnishes financial support for planning/implementation of effective community schools that would provide students with equitable access to high-quality education.)
{LC1280/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 643
BY  Goldin, Miller, Satchell, Valverde, Lawson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Increases tax wage base for contributions to TDI /TCI, expands eligibility, increases benefit rates, adds sibling and grandchild in coverage benefits, increases temp caregiver weeks, and institutes fines for not reinstating an employee who uses program.)
{LC1208/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 656
BY  Goodwin, Ciccone, Quezada, Miller, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD INNOVATION ACT (Creates the Rhode Island Early Childhood Innovation Act whereby the department of human services shall establish a childhood innovation fund to create programs to close the achievement gap that currently exists for at-risk children entering kindergarten.)
{LC1902/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 765
BY  Goldin, Miller, Lawson, Satchell, Valverde
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Increases tax wage base for contributions to TDI /TCI, expands eligibility, increases benefit rates, adds sibling and grandchild in coverage benefits, increases temp caregiver weeks, and institutes fines for not reinstating an employee who uses program.)
{LC2308/1}
04/04/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


House Bill No. 5857
BY  Marszalkowski, Morin, Vella-Wilkinson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE - CONTRIBUTIONS (Permits employees who are covered by employer sponsored disability insurance programs to elect to be exempt from the state temporary disability insurance program, provided the employer has submitted documentation to the director confirming such coverage.)
{LC1923/1}
03/15/2019 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
03/26/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5887
BY  O'Brien, Amore, Corvese, McEntee, Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RHODE ISLAND CERTIFICATIONS STANDARDS BOARD [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT] (Creates the Right to Read Act to require licensed teachers at the elementary level to be proficient in scientific reading instruction and further require all other licensed teachers to have a cursory knowledge of scientific reading instruction.)
{LC1688/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5912
BY  Blazejewski, Casimiro, Alzate, Mendez, Shanley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Increases tax wage base for contributions to TDI /TCI, expands eligibility, increases benefit rates, adds sibling and grandchild in coverage benefits, increases temp caregiver weeks, and institutes fines for not reinstating an employee who uses program.)
{LC2279/1}
03/28/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Senate Bill No. 542
BY  Cano, Satchell, Crowley, Metts, Quezada
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUALITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Furnishes financial support for planning/implementation of effective community schools that would provide students with equitable access to high-quality education.)
{LC1280/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 643
BY  Goldin, Miller, Satchell, Valverde, Lawson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Increases tax wage base for contributions to TDI /TCI, expands eligibility, increases benefit rates, adds sibling and grandchild in coverage benefits, increases temp caregiver weeks, and institutes fines for not reinstating an employee who uses program.)
{LC1208/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 656
BY  Goodwin, Ciccone, Quezada, Miller, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD INNOVATION ACT (Creates the Rhode Island Early Childhood Innovation Act whereby the department of human services shall establish a childhood innovation fund to create programs to close the achievement gap that currently exists for at-risk children entering kindergarten.)
{LC1902/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 765
BY  Goldin, Miller, Lawson, Satchell, Valverde
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Increases tax wage base for contributions to TDI /TCI, expands eligibility, increases benefit rates, adds sibling and grandchild in coverage benefits, increases temp caregiver weeks, and institutes fines for not reinstating an employee who uses program.)
{LC2308/1}
04/04/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


House Bill No. 5857
BY  Marszalkowski, Morin, Vella-Wilkinson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE - CONTRIBUTIONS (Permits employees who are covered by employer sponsored disability insurance programs to elect to be exempt from the state temporary disability insurance program, provided the employer has submitted documentation to the director confirming such coverage.)
{LC1923/1}
03/15/2019 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
03/26/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5887
BY  O'Brien, Amore, Corvese, McEntee, Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RHODE ISLAND CERTIFICATIONS STANDARDS BOARD [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT] (Creates the Right to Read Act to require licensed teachers at the elementary level to be proficient in scientific reading instruction and further require all other licensed teachers to have a cursory knowledge of scientific reading instruction.)
{LC1688/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5912
BY  Blazejewski, Casimiro, Alzate, Mendez, Shanley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Increases tax wage base for contributions to TDI /TCI, expands eligibility, increases benefit rates, adds sibling and grandchild in coverage benefits, increases temp caregiver weeks, and institutes fines for not reinstating an employee who uses program.)
{LC2279/1}
03/28/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


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
03/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/13/2019 Meeting postponed (03/13/2019)
03/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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
04/05/2019 Scheduled for hearing (04/09/2019)
04/09/2019 Committee heard


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
03/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/13/2019 Meeting postponed (03/13/2019)
03/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 262
BY  Murray, Bell, Satchell, DiPalma, Conley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- THE RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM (Removes the condition that there needs to be a reasonable expectation that a 19 year old will complete a program in secondary school in order to qualify as a dependent child.)
{LC1135/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 272
BY  Conley, Goldin, Euer, Valverde, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Raises the earned income tax credit from fifteen percent (15%) to twenty percent (20%) for the tax years 2020 and beyond.)
{LC1230/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 373
BY  Lombardi, Ciccone, Lombardo, Archambault, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE - CONTRIBUTIONS (Permits employees who are covered by employer sponsored disability insurance programs to elect to be exempt from the state temporary disability insurance program, provided the employer has submitted documentation to the director confirming such coverage.)
{LC1339/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 374
BY  Goldin, Goodwin, Quezada, Euer, Murray
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGE--GRATUITIES (Incrementally increases from the $3.89 per hour subminimum wage for tipped workers to $9.00 per hour on January 1, 2023, Starting on January 1, 2024, the minimum hourly wage for tipped workers would be equal to the state's regular minimum hourly wage.)
{LC1034/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/13/2019 Meeting postponed (03/13/2019)
03/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 416
BY  Cano, Quezada, Metts, Crowley, Nesselbush
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.)
{LC1559/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


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
03/06/2019 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. 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
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5521
BY  Barros, Tobon, Mendez, Morin, Blazejewski
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.")
{LC1085/1}
02/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5526
BY  Barros, Tobon, Mendez, Morin, Marszalkowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Increases the Rhode Island earned income credit from fifteen percent (15%) to fifteen and one-half percent (15.5%).)
{LC1084/1}
02/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5617
BY  Morin, Vella-Wilkinson, Carson, Slater, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- THE RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM (Amends the definition of "dependent child" and allows an additional year of vocational education upon successful completion of the first year of education at CCRI.)
{LC1418/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Senate Bill No. 491
BY  Quezada, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- FULL ENFORCEMENT OF SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS (Reduces the number of days of child support arrearage from 90 days to 60 days for an obligor to be deemed not in compliance with a court order of child support and be subject to license suspension.)
{LC615/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/22/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/27/2019 Meeting postponed (03/28/2019)


Senate Bill No. 508
BY  Quezada, Goodwin, Goldin, Cano, Euer
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Gradually increases the hourly minimum wage from $10.50 to $15 by July 1, 2023, and the hourly minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities from $3.89 an hour to $15 an hour by January 1, 2027.)
{LC1405/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/13/2019 Meeting postponed (03/13/2019)
03/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 609
BY  Paolino, Pearson, DiPalma
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).)
{LC2032/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 643
BY  Goldin, Miller, Satchell, Valverde, Lawson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Increases tax wage base for contributions to TDI /TCI, expands eligibility, increases benefit rates, adds sibling and grandchild in coverage benefits, increases temp caregiver weeks, and institutes fines for not reinstating an employee who uses program.)
{LC1208/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Resolution No. 794
Resolution 202
BY  Gallo, Ruggerio, Cano, Satchell, Lombardi
ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING APRIL, 2019, TO BE "FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
{LC2360/1}
04/09/2019 Recommended for Immediate Consideration
04/09/2019 Senate read and passed


House Bill No. 5617
BY  Morin, Vella-Wilkinson, Carson, Slater, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- THE RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM (Amends the definition of "dependent child" and allows an additional year of vocational education upon successful completion of the first year of education at CCRI.)
{LC1418/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5660
BY  Walsh, Lombardi, Lyle, Hull, Bennett
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGE--GRATUITIES (Raises the minimum wage for tipped workers by fifty cents ($.50) per year commencing on January 1, 2020 until the tipped minimum wage is not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the regular minimum wage.)
{LC931/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5825
BY  Azzinaro, Corvese, Costantino, Solomon, Phillips
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY BENEFITS AND CONTRIBUTIONS (Requires temporary disability contributions and benefits to be calculated based upon an employee's wages and salaries, that shall also include any sales commissions earned.)
{LC2044/1}
03/08/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5957
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Walsh, Barros, Diaz
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - WAGES (Increases min. Wage From $9 to $15 per hour by 1/1/24 and tipped min. Wage From $3.89 to $15 per hour by 1/1/28/Further increases depend on increases in CPI/Non-payment damage awards increased from 2 to 3 times unpaid amount/SOL increased from 3 to 6 yrs.)
{LC58/1}
04/04/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor


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. 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
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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


Senate Bill No. 263
BY  Sheehan, Gallo, Lombardi, Satchell, McCaffrey
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Requires charter public schools include on their board of governors or trustees, one member from host community to be appointed by the school committee of said community.)
{LC1281/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 266
BY  Quezada, Bell, Crowley, Euer, Valverde
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Would combine all public school districts into four school districts, based on counties.)
{LC993/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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 (Would amend the career and technical education programs laws to provide the process by which students could attend state CTE board-approved programs in other districts.)
{LC1105/1}
02/01/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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.
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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.
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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.
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5432
BY  Jacquard, Millea
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL FUNDS AND PROPERTY (Requires school districts to maintain classroom temperatures and humidity levels within targeted levels.)
{LC1388/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5435
BY  Amore, Messier, O'Brien, Caldwell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - BOARD OF EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS (Requires each member of the board of education to have experience in a position of higher education.)
{LC1245/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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.
03/06/2019 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. 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. 401
(by request)
BY  Rogers
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.)
{LC1981/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 416
BY  Cano, Quezada, Metts, Crowley, Nesselbush
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.)
{LC1559/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 430
BY  Quezada, Bell, Metts, Crowley, Valverde
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- TUITION EQUITY (Creates the "student equal economic opportunity act" which would allow students who meet certain requirements to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at Rhode Island universities, colleges or community colleges.)
{LC596/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 541
BY  Pearson, Seveney, Gallo, Quezada, Satchell
ENTITLED, 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 on elementary and secondary education for public schools but would prohibit the waiver of other listed provisions.)
{LC958/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 542
BY  Cano, Satchell, Crowley, Metts, Quezada
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUALITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Furnishes financial support for planning/implementation of effective community schools that would provide students with equitable access to high-quality education.)
{LC1280/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 543
BY  Seveney, Coyne, DiPalma
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.)
{LC1746/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 544
BY  Pearson, Seveney, Gallo, Satchell, Picard
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.)
{LC957/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 546
BY  Pearson, Seveney, Gallo, Satchell, Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- MAYORAL ACADEMIES (Requires the student populations of mayoral academies to reflect the combined demographics of the sending district(s) in terms of the number of students in special education, who are English language learners and who qualify for free and reduced meals.)
{LC955/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 547
BY  Pearson, Goldin, Satchell, Metts, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - COUNCIL ON ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION] (Provides that the commissioner of elementary and secondary education would be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The commissioner of elementary and secondary education would serve at the pleasure of the governor.)
{LC945/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 556
BY  Pearson, Quezada, Cano, Goldin, Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Provides that for FY 2020, the state pays the local share or contribution of charter public school tuition for its students in excess of 5% of the average of all pupils within school districts.)
{LC947/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


House Bill No. 5520
BY  Barros, Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - MAYORAL ACADEMIES (Requires any mayoral academy which is part of a network that seeks to be established or expanded to provide evidence that its attrition rates, special education rates and suspension rates are within acceptable averages.)
{LC1082/1}
02/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/29/2019 Scheduled for consideration (04/03/2019)
04/03/2019 Committee recommends passage
04/05/2019 Placed on House Calendar (04/10/2019)
04/10/2019 House read and passed


House Bill No. 5522
BY  Barros
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- INDEPENDENT CHARTER SCHOOLS (Provides that the office of auditor general be responsible for analyzing and reporting the impact of new or expanded charter schools.)
{LC1081/1}
02/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5524
BY  Barros
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUALITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Furnishes financial support for planning/implementation of effective community schools that would provide students with equitable access to high-quality education.)
{LC1818/1}
02/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5538
BY  Mattiello, Alzate, Mendez, Serodio, Noret
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (School boards to establish threat assessment policies and teams. Oversight committee for the teams is established.)
{LC1723/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
04/05/2019 Scheduled for consideration (04/10/2019)
04/10/2019 Committee recommends passage
04/15/2019 Placed on House Calendar (04/24/2019)


House Bill No. 5552
(by request)
BY  Caldwell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Prohibits the use of seclusion in schools except to prevent immediate injury to the pupil or others.)
{LC1322/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/29/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
04/10/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 5553
BY  Alzate, McNamara, Casimiro, Kazarian, Maldonado
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENCOURAGING MORE PERSONS OF COLOR TO ENTER THE FIELD OF EDUCATION (Creates a 9 member commission to study and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter the field of education, and who would report back by January 28, 2020, and expire on March 28, 2020.)
{LC1929/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/22/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration


House Bill No. 5574
BY  Serpa, Vella-Wilkinson, Fellela, Williams, Amore
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.)
{LC1709/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5601
BY  Tanzi, Fogarty, McEntee, Donovan, Carson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT -- SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA (Freezes the amount of education aid for local school agencies that are scheduled to receive less aid under the funding formula. The education aid would be frozen at the rate provided in fiscal year 2019 for a period of three (3) years.)
{LC1924/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5605
BY  Cortvriend, Fogarty, Carson, Amore, Canario
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.)
{LC1512/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5608
BY  Fogarty, Tanzi, McEntee
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RESIDENCE OF CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES (Requires the department of education and the DCYF to develop a procedure to ensure that the municipalities where group homes or other residential facilities are located are reimbursed for the educational expenses above the cost allocated.)
{LC574/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5862
BY  McNamara, Amore, Serodio, Diaz, Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- RHODE ISLAND PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP (Extends the Promise Scholarship program for two (2) years through 2022.)
{LC2144/1}
03/15/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Senate Bill No. 562
BY  Pearson, Seveney, Valverde, Cano, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - STAY INVESTED IN RI WAVEMAKER FELLOWSHIP (Repeals the provisions of the Stay Invested in RI Wavemaker Fellowship, and establish the Stay Invested in RI Tax Credit to provide eligible taxpayers with a tax credit for educational loan repayment expenses.)
{LC966/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 565
BY  Pearson, Seveney, Murray, Cano, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Provides a one time tax credit up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per dependent child for certain Rhode Island households who contribute to an account under the Rhode Island college bound tuition savings program.)
{LC935/1}
03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


House Bill No. 5887
BY  O'Brien, Amore, Corvese, McEntee, Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RHODE ISLAND CERTIFICATIONS STANDARDS BOARD [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT] (Creates the Right to Read Act to require licensed teachers at the elementary level to be proficient in scientific reading instruction and further require all other licensed teachers to have a cursory knowledge of scientific reading instruction.)
{LC1688/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/03/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5964
BY  Casimiro, Speakman, Donovan, Caldwell, Amore
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Provides for annual report on academic achievement of foster care youth.)
{LC1955/1}
04/05/2019 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
03/21/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/28/2019 Scheduled for consideration (04/02/2019)
04/02/2019 Committee recommends passage
04/03/2019 Placed on Senate Calendar (04/09/2019)
04/09/2019 Senate read and passed
04/10/2019 Referred to House Finance


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
03/26/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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


Senate Bill No. 299
BY  Goldin, Satchell, Valverde
ENTITLED, 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.)
{LC1026/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
03/21/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 418
BY  Cano, Goldin, Valverde, Crowley, Quezada
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - SUGARY DRINKS (Creates a tax on sugary drinks and creates a dedicated revenue source for programs designed to benefit public health.)
{LC1976/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 449
BY  Felag
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Authorizes the town of Warren to enact ordinances for the purpose of regulating the sale of tobacco, flavored tobacco products, electronic vaporizer devices and liquids used in electronic vapor devices.)
{LC1852/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government


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.
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/08/2019 Scheduled for consideration (03/13/2019)
03/13/2019 Committee recommends passage
03/15/2019 Placed on House Calendar (03/20/2019)
03/20/2019 House read and passed
04/04/2019 Referred to Senate Education


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 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. 5427
BY  Casimiro, Alzate, Shanley, Tobon, Mendez
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- HEALTHY BEVERAGE ACT (Creates the "Healthy Beverage Act" which would require that children's meals offered by restaurants include certain healthy beverage options if the beverage is automatically included in the meal.)
{LC1506/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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.
03/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5523
BY  Barros
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - SUGARY DRINKS (Creates a tax on sugary drinks and creates a dedicated revenue source for programs designed to benefit public health.)
{LC1819/1}
02/25/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5571
BY  Bennett, Edwards, Solomon, Diaz, Slater
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.)
{LC1827/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5603
BY  Tanzi, Caldwell, Cortvriend, Millea, Cassar
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- TOBACCO AND NICOTINE PRODUCTS--CHILDREN (Provides certain restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, enhance the definition of "tobacco products", and would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine delivery systems from 18 to 21 years of age)
{LC1932/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5609
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Kislak, Lyle, Williams, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE--PERINATAL DOULA SERVICES (Provides for medical assistance health care for expectant mothers and establishes medical assistance coverage and reimbursement rates for perinatal doula services.)
{LC1841/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5784
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Fellela, McEntee, Amore
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Directs the department of health to establish an inspection and evaluation program and establish rules and regulations regarding air quality in elementary and secondary schools.)
{LC45/1}
02/28/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/29/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration


House Bill No. 5830
BY  Maldonado, Ucci, Barros, McNamara, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- LOCAL TOBACCO CONTROL ACT (Creates a comprehensive resolution scheme for cities and towns to follow concerning the sale and control of tobacco in their communities.)
{LC2037/1}
03/08/2019 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/14/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 678
BY  Quezada, Valverde, Murray, Euer, Goldin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE--PERINATAL DOULA SERVICES (Provides for medical assistance health care for expectant mothers and establishes medical assistance coverage and reimbursement rates for perinatal doula services.)
{LC2194/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services


Senate Bill No. 729
BY  Crowley, Sheehan, Nesselbush, Quezada, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- LOCAL TOBACCO CONTROL ACT (Allows for cities or towns to require local licensing of any person, firm or corporation, engaged in the general business of a tobacco retailer.)
{LC2101/1}
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government


Senate Bill No. 738
BY  Miller, McCaffrey, Ruggerio, Goodwin, Goldin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE--MARKET STABILITY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT (Establishes the Rhode Island health insurance market stability and consumer protection act in order to update state law to reflect current insurance standards, practice and regulation to maintain market stability.)
{LC1782/1}
03/28/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
04/09/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5916
BY  McNamara, Bennett, Casimiro, Kazarian, Kislak
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE--MARKET STABILITY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT (Establishes the Rhode Island health insurance market stability and consumer protection act in order to update state law to reflect current insurance standards, practice and regulation to maintain market stability.)
{LC2242/1}
03/28/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


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
03/21/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/28/2019 Scheduled for consideration (04/02/2019)
04/02/2019 Committee recommends passage
04/03/2019 Placed on Senate Calendar (04/09/2019)
04/09/2019 Senate read and passed
04/10/2019 Referred to House Finance


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


Senate Bill No. 275
BY  Ciccone, Lombardo, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND HOUSING RESOURCES ACT OF 1998 (Requires $5,000,000 bond referendum for affordable housing with a $700 rental price ceiling per unit for the fiscal year 2021.)
{LC461/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 322
BY  Metts, Quezada, Goldin, Euer, Satchell
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.)
{LC881/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 331
(Governor)
BY  Metts, Ciccone, Bell, Crowley, Quezada
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)
{LC1330/1}
02/13/2019 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
03/12/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5571
BY  Bennett, Edwards, Solomon, Diaz, Slater
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.)
{LC1827/1}
02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5858
BY  Slater, Diaz, Maldonado, Bennett, Edwards
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - HOUSING RESOURCES (Requires the general assembly to appropriate not less than $5,000,000 annually in capital financing for affordable housing development.)
{LC2167/1}
03/15/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Juvenile Justice Legislation

Senate Bill No. 230
BY  Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION (Provides that only those juveniles over the age of fourteen (14) be required to register as sex offenders and that the offense be comparable or more severe than those defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2241.)
{LC852/1}
01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 341
BY  Metts, Quezada
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE (Provides that juveniles sentenced as adults parole eligible after completing 15 years of their sentence.)
{LC853/1}
02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
04/09/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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
03/05/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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
04/02/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5492
BY  Jacquard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION (Provides that only those juveniles over the age of fourteen (14) be required to register as sex offenders, and only if the offense is comparable or more severe than those defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2241(aggravated sexual abuse).)
{LC1041/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/05/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Safety Legislation

Senate Bill No. 28
BY  Raptakis, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Archambault, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CHILDREN -- CONFINEMENT IN MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED (Repeals the requirement that law enforcement officers issue only warnings of the risks to persons leaving a child under the age of seven (7) unattended in a motor vehicle.)
{LC396/1}
01/15/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/26/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 156
BY  Coyne, Seveney, Euer, DiPalma, Conley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Limits the issuance of pistol and revolver carry permits to the office of the attorney general.)
{LC512/1}
01/24/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
04/02/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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
03/19/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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
03/19/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


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


House Bill No. 5172
BY  Shekarchi, Almeida
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES-WEAPONS (Raises the legal age to purchase or sell a rifle or shotgun from 18 years of age to 21 years of age and restricts permits to minors for sporting or training to age 21.)
{LC322/1}
01/23/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/15/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration


House Bill No. 5497
BY  Filippi, Chippendale, Quattrocchi, Nardone, Place
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Permits the open and concealed carry of weapons by any person in the act of evacuating the area pursuant to an order of the governor or local authority under chapter 15 of title 30.)
{LC1509/1}
02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/19/2019 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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