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Current Legislation

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

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

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

Please see our 2024 Budget and Legislative Priorities.

Below is the 2024 legislation that is being tracked by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT in each policy area:

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Budget and Legislative Priorities

Please click on the bill number for the full text of the bill.

SB2038 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Educator Compensation Stabilization Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7251 - Rep. Donovan (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Directs the departments of human services and education to work together to sustain and strengthen existing workforce development and compensation programs for educators working in licensed child care and early learning programs statewide.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2046 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D)
Companion: HB7337 - Rep. Sanchez (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Requires free breakfast and lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2054 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D)
Companion: HB7589 - Rep. O'Brien (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Frank Lombardo, III (D);  Sen. David Tikoian (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Increases the state earned-income credit as of January 1, 2025 to seventeen percent (17%) of the federal earned-income credit, not to exceed the amount of state income tax.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2072 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HB7204 - Rep. Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2116 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Companion: HB7096 - Rep. Kislak (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Mark McKenney (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: 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.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2121 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Temporary Disability Insurance -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D)
Companion: HB7171 - Rep. Giraldo (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Includes siblings, grandchildren, care recipient for temporary caregiver benefits of 12 weeks/Increases weekly dependent's allowances from $10 to $20 or 7% of benefit rate whichever is greater. Effective January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2141 An Act Relating To Financial Institutions -- Licensed Activities -- Lenders And Loan Brokers -- Check Cashing  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Ana Quezada (D)
Companion: HB7211 - Rep. Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Repeals the provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders."
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Commerce

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2142 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Care And Education Workforce Data Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7291 - Rep. Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Codifies the previously funded Rhode Island early care and education workforce registry data system.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SJR2147 Joint Resolution To Approve, Publish And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Of Amendment To The Constitution -- Right To An Adequate Education  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Roger A. Picard (D)
Companion: HJR7396 - Rep. Messier (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Amends the constitution to guarantee Rhode Island residents with equal opportunity to receive an education that is adequate, equitable and meaningful and provides judicial enforcement of this provision.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2161 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Health Care For Children And Pregnant Women  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Matthew LaMountain (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Provides children from birth through age five (5) with continuous coverage eligibility for RIte Track/RIte Care so that they are not at risk of losing coverage at the yearly redetermination due solely to administrative barriers.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2202 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Weapons  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D)
Companion: HB7373 - Rep. Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Requires safe storage of firearms/provides civil and criminal penalties for violations/adds rifles and shotguns to the types of firearms requiring a trigger lock to be included with purchase/requires firearms dealers post signs regarding safe storage.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2287 An Act Relating To Education -- Council On Elementary And Secondary Education  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D)
Companion: HB7614 - Rep. Morales (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Requires the student advisory council to meet at least quarterly, provides the chairperson with equal voting powers as members on the council, and provides that a student under eighteen (18) years is exempt from the senate advise and consent process.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2320 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7400 - Rep. Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2337 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Companion: HB7686 - Rep. Handy (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Amends the Rhode Island Works Program to expand and increase benefits under the program.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2344 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HB7123 - Rep. Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Eliminates the sunset on the provision of finding for child care for eligible child care educators and child care staff.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2355 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Companion: HB7338 - Rep. Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Creates an additional Rhode Island personal income surtax of 3% on taxable income over $1,000,000, with the existing three-bracket personal income tax structure remaining in place.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2359 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Maternal And Child Health Services For Children With Special Health Care Needs  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Companion: HB7334 - Rep. Cotter (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Directs the executive office of health and human services to increase Medicaid rates for the Early Intervention and First Connections programs allowing for payment of competitive wages for qualified professionals.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2360 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- The Rhode Island Family Home-Visiting Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Makes the Medicaid rate increase permanent for the first connections family home-visiting program and requires additional information to be added to the annual family home-visiting report.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2459 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HB7122 - Rep. Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Removes the requirement that families consent to, and cooperate with the department of human services in establishing paternity and enforcing child and medical support orders as a condition of eligibility for childcare assistance.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7096 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D)
Companion: SB2116 - Sen. Kallman (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: 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.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7122 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Companion: SB2459 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Removes the requirement that families consent to, and cooperate with the department of human services in establishing paternity and enforcing child and medical support orders as a condition of eligibility for childcare assistance.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7123 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Companion: SB2344 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Eliminates the sunset on the provision of finding for child care for eligible child care educators and child care staff.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7124 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Rhode Island Childcare Essential Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Creates the Rhode Island Child Care Assistance Program that governs both family eligibility for the state's child care subsidy program and the rates paid to child care providers serving families receiving a subsidy.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7171 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Temporary Disability Insurance -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D)
Companion: SB2121 - Sen. Lawson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Includes siblings, grandchildren, care recipient for temporary caregiver benefits of 12 weeks/Increases weekly dependent's allowances from $10 to $20 or 7% of benefit rate whichever is greater. Effective January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Labor
02/09/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/14/2024)
02/14/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7204 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Companion: SB2072 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung (R);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7204 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Companion: SB2072 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung (R);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7211 An Act Relating To Financial Institutions -- Licensed Activities -- Lenders And Loan Brokers -- Check Cashing  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Companion: SB2141 - Sen. Quezada (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2024
Summary: Repeals the provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders."
Complete History:

01/18/2024  Introduced, referred to House Corporations

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7217 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Assault Weapons  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Jason Knight (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2024
Summary: Bans the possession, sale, and transfer of assault weapons. Possession of assault weapons owned on the effective date of this act to be "grandfathered". Violations are punishable by a fine or imprisonment.
Complete History:

01/18/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HJR7225 Joint Resolution Making Appropriations For The Support Of The State For The Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2025  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Marvin Abney (D)
Intro Date: 1/18/2024
Complete History:

01/18/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7251 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Educator Compensation Stabilization Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Donovan (D)
Companion: SB2038 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2024
Summary: Directs the departments of human services and education to work together to sustain and strengthen existing workforce development and compensation programs for educators working in licensed child care and early learning programs statewide.
Complete History:

01/19/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7291 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Care And Education Workforce Data Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Companion: SB2142 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Codifies the previously funded Rhode Island early care and education workforce registry data system.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/07/2024)
02/07/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7334 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Maternal And Child Health Services For Children With Special Health Care Needs  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Megan Cotter (D)
Companion: SB2359 - Sen. Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Directs the executive office of health and human services to increase Medicaid rates for the Early Intervention and First Connections programs allowing for payment of competitive wages for qualified professionals.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7337 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D)
Companion: SB2046 - Sen. Acosta (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Requires free breakfast and lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7338 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Companion: SB2355 - Sen. Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Creates an additional Rhode Island personal income surtax of 3% on taxable income over $1,000,000, with the existing three-bracket personal income tax structure remaining in place.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7373 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Weapons  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Companion: SB2202 - Sen. Lauria (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Requires safe storage of firearms/provides civil and criminal penalties for violations/adds rifles and shotguns to the types of firearms requiring a trigger lock to be included with purchase/requires firearms dealers post signs regarding safe storage.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HJR7396 Joint Resolution To Approve, Publish And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Of Amendment To The Constitution -- Right To An Adequate Education  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Messier (D)
Companion: SJR2147 - Sen. Picard (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Amends the constitution to guarantee Rhode Island residents with equal opportunity to receive an education that is adequate, equitable and meaningful and provides judicial enforcement of this provision.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7397 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Provides that the permanent foundation educational aid program would provide state funding for school-based mental health services pursuant to specified conditions.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7400 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Companion: SB2320 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing (03/07/2024)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing

   

HB7438 An Act Relating To Education -- Children With Disabilities  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Lauren Carson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 2/2/2024
Summary: Establishes a task force managed by the children’s cabinet to develop recommendations to improve access to early intervention and early childhood special education services.
Complete History:

02/02/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2024)
02/28/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7497 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Prekindergarten Education Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D);  Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D); 
Intro Date: 2/2/2024
Summary: Establishes guidelines for the continued implementation and expansion of high quality public prekindergarten education programs in the state.
Complete History:

02/02/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7514 An Act Relating To Education -- Support And Access To Bilingual Education Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Leonela Felix (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Creates a new chapter for the support/access to bilingual education. It creates a dual language program fund to be administered by the department of education. Local education agencies would be eligible to apply to the department for funding. Eff. 7/1/24
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2024)
02/28/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7545 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Provides for an appropriation by the general assembly in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000) to the various school districts and municipalities to employ additional social workers.
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7589 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. William W. O'Brien (D)
Companion: SB2054 - Sen. Felag (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Ramon Perez (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D); 
Intro Date: 2/9/2024
Summary: Raises the earned-income tax credit from sixteen percent (16%) to thirty percent (30%) for the tax years 2025 and beyond.
Complete History:

02/09/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7614 An Act Relating To Education -- Council On Elementary And Secondary Education  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. David Morales (D)
Companion: SB2287 - Sen. Lawson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Requires the student advisory council to meet at least quarterly, provides the chairperson with equal voting powers as members on the council, and provides that a student under eighteen (18) years is exempt from the senate advise and consent process.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7642 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Prohibit the family court from detaining any juvenile or committing any juvenile, under the age of 14 years, to the training school, for any offense other than murder, first degree sexual assault, or an attempt to commit such offenses.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7686 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Arthur Handy (D)
Companion: SB2337 - Sen. Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Amends works program to provide eligibility for benefits to pregnant persons from onset of pregnancy including lawful permanent residents, increases monthly cash benefits, disallows termination of benefits for failure to work, limits monetary sanctions.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Budget Articles

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HJR7225 Joint Resolution Making Appropriations For The Support Of The State For The Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2025  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Marvin Abney (D)
Intro Date: 1/18/2024
Complete History:

01/18/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

CHILD WELFARE4 Bills

   

SB2439 An Act Relating To Criminal Procedure -- Sentence And Execution  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Requires the courts to consider the parental status of the defendant at the time of sentencing and allows the defendant to present a family impact statement, including testimony, videos and documents relative to their parental status.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2455 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Department Of Children, Youth And Families -- Foster Parents' Bill Of Rights  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D)
Companion: HB7118 - Rep. Casimiro (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Requires DCYF to prepare an annual report of all findings of suspected and/or verified violations of this chapter and share report on its website and to members of the general assembly.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7118 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Department Of Children, Youth And Families -- Foster Parents' Bill Of Rights  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Companion: SB2455 - Sen. DiPalma (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Requires DCYF to prepare an annual report of all findings of suspected and/or verified violations of this chapter and share report on its website and to members of the general assembly.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/06/2024)
02/06/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7187 An Act Relating To Motor And Other Vehicles -- Operators' And Chauffeurs' Licenses  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Companion: SB2333 - Sen. DiPalma (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. David Place (R);  Rep. Sherry Roberts (R);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Exempts any individual who is aging out of foster care from the payment of any fee associated with the issuance of a operator's license as well as driver's education class fees. The fee waiver is in effect until the individual reaches 27 years of age.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Child Welfare Legislation

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SB2439 An Act Relating To Criminal Procedure -- Sentence And Execution  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Requires the courts to consider the parental status of the defendant at the time of sentencing and allows the defendant to present a family impact statement, including testimony, videos and documents relative to their parental status.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2455 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Department Of Children, Youth And Families -- Foster Parents' Bill Of Rights  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D)
Companion: HB7118 - Rep. Casimiro (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Requires DCYF to prepare an annual report of all findings of suspected and/or verified violations of this chapter and share report on its website and to members of the general assembly.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7118 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Department Of Children, Youth And Families -- Foster Parents' Bill Of Rights  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Companion: SB2455 - Sen. DiPalma (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Requires DCYF to prepare an annual report of all findings of suspected and/or verified violations of this chapter and share report on its website and to members of the general assembly.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/06/2024)
02/06/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7187 An Act Relating To Motor And Other Vehicles -- Operators' And Chauffeurs' Licenses  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Companion: SB2333 - Sen. DiPalma (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. David Place (R);  Rep. Sherry Roberts (R);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Exempts any individual who is aging out of foster care from the payment of any fee associated with the issuance of a operator's license as well as driver's education class fees. The fee waiver is in effect until the individual reaches 27 years of age.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7697 An Act Relating To Domestic Relations -- The Rhode Island Indian Child Welfare Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Tina Spears (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D); 
Intro Date: 2/23/2024
Summary: Codifies the federal legislation pertaining to the federal Indian child welfare act into state law.
Complete History:

02/23/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Early Learning & Development Legislation

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SB2021 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Minimum Wages  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Dawn Euer (D)
Companion: HB7532 - Rep. Felix (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Allows individuals employed in domestic service or in or about a private home to be included as an employee, for purposes of minimum wages law.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2038 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Educator Compensation Stabilization Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7251 - Rep. Donovan (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Directs the departments of human services and education to work together to sustain and strengthen existing workforce development and compensation programs for educators working in licensed child care and early learning programs statewide.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2054 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D)
Companion: HB7589 - Rep. O'Brien (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Frank Lombardo, III (D);  Sen. David Tikoian (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Increases the state earned-income credit as of January 1, 2025 to seventeen percent (17%) of the federal earned-income credit, not to exceed the amount of state income tax.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2072 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HB7204 - Rep. Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2121 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Temporary Disability Insurance -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D)
Companion: HB7171 - Rep. Giraldo (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Includes siblings, grandchildren, care recipient for temporary caregiver benefits of 12 weeks/Increases weekly dependent's allowances from $10 to $20 or 7% of benefit rate whichever is greater. Effective January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2142 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Care And Education Workforce Data Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7291 - Rep. Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Codifies the previously funded Rhode Island early care and education workforce registry data system.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2148 An Act Relating To Education -- The Kindergarten Through Grade Two (2) Maximum Class Size Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: 2) MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE ACT (Mandates 20 students per classroom for kindergarten through second grade. Exceptions for emergencies and temporary situations, not to exceed 3 days and mid-year enrollments.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2161 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Health Care For Children And Pregnant Women  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Matthew LaMountain (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Provides children from birth through age five (5) with continuous coverage eligibility for RIte Track/RIte Care so that they are not at risk of losing coverage at the yearly redetermination due solely to administrative barriers.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2174 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Licensing Of Youth Camps  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. David Tikoian (D)
Companion: HB7154 - Rep. Craven (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D);  Sen. Gordon Rogers (R);  Sen. John Burke (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Matthew LaMountain (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Establishes the procedures and requirements for the licensing of youth camps.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
02/09/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/13/2024)
02/09/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/12/2024  Meeting postponed (02/13/2024)
02/12/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/15/2024)
02/15/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study (4-0)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

SJR2331 Joint Resolution Amending The Joint Resolution Creating A Permanent Legislative Commission On Child Care In Rhode Island  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HJR7094 - Rep. Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: This resolution would amend the commission name, membership, appointment process, purpose, funding allowance designation, timeline for membership, and meeting schedules.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2337 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Companion: HB7686 - Rep. Handy (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Amends the Rhode Island Works Program to expand and increase benefits under the program.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2344 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HB7123 - Rep. Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Eliminates the sunset on the provision of finding for child care for eligible child care educators and child care staff.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2355 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Companion: HB7338 - Rep. Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Creates an additional Rhode Island personal income surtax of 3% on taxable income over $1,000,000, with the existing three-bracket personal income tax structure remaining in place.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2359 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Maternal And Child Health Services For Children With Special Health Care Needs  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Companion: HB7334 - Rep. Cotter (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Directs the executive office of health and human services to increase Medicaid rates for the Early Intervention and First Connections programs allowing for payment of competitive wages for qualified professionals.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2360 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- The Rhode Island Family Home-Visiting Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Makes the Medicaid rate increase permanent for the first connections family home-visiting program and requires additional information to be added to the annual family home-visiting report.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2376 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Temporary Disability Insurance--General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Joshua Miller (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Increases the taxable wage base upon which employees make contributions to the TDI and TCI funds, increases individual benefit rates, and creates an opt-in option for self-employed workers.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
02/15/2024  Withdrawn at sponsor's request

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2459 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HB7122 - Rep. Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Removes the requirement that families consent to, and cooperate with the department of human services in establishing paternity and enforcing child and medical support orders as a condition of eligibility for childcare assistance.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2467 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Rhode Island Parental And Family Medical Leave Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7793 - Rep. Giraldo (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Increases the amount of parental or family leave available to an employee from thirteen (13) weeks to twenty-four (24) weeks in any two (2) calendar years.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7031 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Certification Of Childcare And Youth-Serving Workers And Operators  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Anthony DeSimone (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Repeals the provision that requires new applicants for employment under this section to pay the expense for their background checks.
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HJR7094 Joint Resolution Amending The Joint Resolution Creating A Permanent Legislative Commission On Child Care In Rhode Island  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Companion: SJR2331 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: This resolution would amend the commission name, membership, appointment process, purpose, funding allowance designation, timeline for membership, and meeting schedules.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Health & Human Services
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/30/2024)
01/30/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study (12-1)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7122 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Companion: SB2459 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Removes the requirement that families consent to, and cooperate with the department of human services in establishing paternity and enforcing child and medical support orders as a condition of eligibility for childcare assistance.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7123 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Companion: SB2344 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Eliminates the sunset on the provision of finding for child care for eligible child care educators and child care staff.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7124 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Rhode Island Childcare Essential Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: Creates the Rhode Island Child Care Assistance Program that governs both family eligibility for the state's child care subsidy program and the rates paid to child care providers serving families receiving a subsidy.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7154 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Licensing Of Youth Camps  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D)
Companion: SB2174 - Sen. Tikoian (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. William W. O'Brien (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Establishes the procedures and requirements for the licensing of youth camps.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Health & Human Services
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/30/2024)
01/30/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study (12-1)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7171 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Temporary Disability Insurance -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D)
Companion: SB2121 - Sen. Lawson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Includes siblings, grandchildren, care recipient for temporary caregiver benefits of 12 weeks/Increases weekly dependent's allowances from $10 to $20 or 7% of benefit rate whichever is greater. Effective January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Labor
02/09/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/14/2024)
02/14/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7204 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Companion: SB2072 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung (R);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7251 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Educator Compensation Stabilization Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Donovan (D)
Companion: SB2038 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2024
Summary: Directs the departments of human services and education to work together to sustain and strengthen existing workforce development and compensation programs for educators working in licensed child care and early learning programs statewide.
Complete History:

01/19/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7291 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Care And Education Workforce Data Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Companion: SB2142 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Codifies the previously funded Rhode Island early care and education workforce registry data system.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/07/2024)
02/07/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7334 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Maternal And Child Health Services For Children With Special Health Care Needs  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Megan Cotter (D)
Companion: SB2359 - Sen. Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Directs the executive office of health and human services to increase Medicaid rates for the Early Intervention and First Connections programs allowing for payment of competitive wages for qualified professionals.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7336 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Office Of Early Childhood Development And Learning  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Donovan (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Establishes the office of early childhood development and learning to manage a statewide early learning system for children from birth through age five (5), and ensure all children enter school ready to learn.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7338 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Companion: SB2355 - Sen. Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Creates an additional Rhode Island personal income surtax of 3% on taxable income over $1,000,000, with the existing three-bracket personal income tax structure remaining in place.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7404 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Robert Phillips (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Relocates certain provisions of the general laws relating to child care assistance from the Rhode Island Works Program to the chapter on child care state subsidies.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7438 An Act Relating To Education -- Children With Disabilities  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Lauren Carson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 2/2/2024
Summary: Establishes a task force managed by the children’s cabinet to develop recommendations to improve access to early intervention and early childhood special education services.
Complete History:

02/02/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2024)
02/28/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HJR7474 Joint Resolution To Approve And Publish And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Of Amendment To The Constitution -- Of Suffrage  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 2/2/2024
Summary: Would propose to the voters of the state a constitutional amendment regarding eligibility to vote and to be a candidate.
Complete History:

02/02/2024  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7497 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Prekindergarten Education Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D);  Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D); 
Intro Date: 2/2/2024
Summary: Establishes guidelines for the continued implementation and expansion of high quality public prekindergarten education programs in the state.
Complete History:

02/02/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7532 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Minimum Wages  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Leonela Felix (D)
Companion: SB2021 - Sen. Euer (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Edward Cardillo (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Allows individuals employed in domestic service or in or about a private home to be included as an employee, for purposes of minimum wages law.
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7547 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Rhode Island Child Care For All Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Anthony DeSimone (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Establishes the Rhode Island Child Care for All Act which would provide high quality and affordable child care to families throughout the state.
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7589 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. William W. O'Brien (D)
Companion: SB2054 - Sen. Felag (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Ramon Perez (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D); 
Intro Date: 2/9/2024
Summary: Raises the earned-income tax credit from sixteen percent (16%) to thirty percent (30%) for the tax years 2025 and beyond.
Complete History:

02/09/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7686 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Arthur Handy (D)
Companion: SB2337 - Sen. Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Amends works program to provide eligibility for benefits to pregnant persons from onset of pregnancy including lawful permanent residents, increases monthly cash benefits, disallows termination of benefits for failure to work, limits monetary sanctions.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

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SB2046 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D)
Companion: HB7337 - Rep. Sanchez (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Requires free breakfast and lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2054 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D)
Companion: HB7589 - Rep. O'Brien (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Frank Lombardo, III (D);  Sen. David Tikoian (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Increases the state earned-income credit as of January 1, 2025 to seventeen percent (17%) of the federal earned-income credit, not to exceed the amount of state income tax.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2121 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Temporary Disability Insurance -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D)
Companion: HB7171 - Rep. Giraldo (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Includes siblings, grandchildren, care recipient for temporary caregiver benefits of 12 weeks/Increases weekly dependent's allowances from $10 to $20 or 7% of benefit rate whichever is greater. Effective January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2141 An Act Relating To Financial Institutions -- Licensed Activities -- Lenders And Loan Brokers -- Check Cashing  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Ana Quezada (D)
Companion: HB7211 - Rep. Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Repeals the provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders."
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Commerce

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2213 An Act Relating To Domestic Relations -- Divorce And Separation  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D)
Companion: HB7167 - Rep. Craven (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D);  Sen. David Tikoian (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Mark McKenney (D);  Sen. John Burke (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Matthew LaMountain (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Allows for child support payments when a child is domiciled in the home of the custodial parent and principally dependent on parent until the child is 21, or 23 if child is enrolled in an educational program.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2275 An Act Relating To Commercial Law -- General Regulatory Provisions -- Interest And Usury  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Allows Rhode Island to opt out of provisions of Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 which allow financial institutions chartered in states other than Rhode Island to be exempt from interest rate limits set by RI.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Commerce

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2320 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7400 - Rep. Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2337 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Companion: HB7686 - Rep. Handy (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Amends the Rhode Island Works Program to expand and increase benefits under the program.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2366 An Act Relating To Public Utilities And Carriers -- Duties Of Utilities And Carriers  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Creates an income-sensitive tiered subsidy program to ensure that home energy utility costs are affordable for eligible low-income households.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2376 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Temporary Disability Insurance--General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Joshua Miller (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Increases the taxable wage base upon which employees make contributions to the TDI and TCI funds, increases individual benefit rates, and creates an opt-in option for self-employed workers.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
02/15/2024  Withdrawn at sponsor's request

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2475 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Minimum Wages  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. John Burke (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Sets the minimum wage for 2025 at seventeen dollars ($17.00) per hour and for 2026 at twenty dollars ($20.00) per hour.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7167 An Act Relating To Domestic Relations -- Divorce And Separation  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D)
Companion: SB2213 - Sen. DiPalma (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. William W. O'Brien (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Allows for child support payments when a child is domiciled in the home of the custodial parent and principally dependent on parent until the child is 21, or 23 if child is enrolled in an educational program.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/01/2024)
02/01/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7172 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Minimum Wages  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Anthony DeSimone (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Repeals the law that allowed employers to pay some of their minor employees and employees who are full time students and not attained the age of nineteen (19), less than minimum hourly wages, requiring them to be paid a minimum hourly wage.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7199 An Act Relating To Domestic Relations -- Divorce And Separation  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Ramon Perez (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Gregory Costantino (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Permits family court to make orders of support and education of a child from ages eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21).
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/01/2024)
02/01/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7211 An Act Relating To Financial Institutions -- Licensed Activities -- Lenders And Loan Brokers -- Check Cashing  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Companion: SB2141 - Sen. Quezada (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2024
Summary: Repeals the provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders."
Complete History:

01/18/2024  Introduced, referred to House Corporations

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7286 An Act Relating To Public Utilities And Carriers -- Public Utilities Commission  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Slater (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Anthony DeSimone (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Creates an income-sensitive tiered subsidy program to ensure that home energy utility costs are affordable for eligible low-income households.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Corporations

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7337 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D)
Companion: SB2046 - Sen. Acosta (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Requires free breakfast and lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7400 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Companion: SB2320 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing (03/07/2024)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing

   

HB7579 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Minimum Wages  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. David Morales (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D); 
Intro Date: 2/9/2024
Summary: Increases the state minimum wage by $1.25 per year from 2026 through 2029 when it would reach twenty dollars ($20.00) per hour and then provides for subsequent annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.
Complete History:

02/09/2024  Introduced, referred to House Labor

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7589 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. William W. O'Brien (D)
Companion: SB2054 - Sen. Felag (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Ramon Perez (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D); 
Intro Date: 2/9/2024
Summary: Raises the earned-income tax credit from sixteen percent (16%) to thirty percent (30%) for the tax years 2025 and beyond.
Complete History:

02/09/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7671 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Supplemental Payments For The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program In Rhode Island Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Directs the allocation of $3,000,000 from the 2025 state budget to provide cash benefits to participants in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7686 An Act Relating To Human Services -- The Rhode Island Works Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Arthur Handy (D)
Companion: SB2337 - Sen. Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Amends works program to provide eligibility for benefits to pregnant persons from onset of pregnancy including lawful permanent residents, increases monthly cash benefits, disallows termination of benefits for failure to work, limits monetary sanctions.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Education Legislation

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SJR2011 Joint Resolution Making An Appropriation Of Approximately $30,000,000 To Rhode Island's Public Schools For Safety And Security Improvements  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Gordon Rogers (R)
Companion: HJR7772 - Rep. Rea (R)
Cosponsors: Sen. Anthony DeLuca (R);  Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: This resolution would authorize the appropriation of the sum of $100,000 to each public school in Rhode Island for school safety and security improvements.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2041 An Act Relating To Education -- Rights Of Parents And Guardians In Public Educational Instruction Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Anthony DeLuca (R)
Cosponsors: Sen. Thomas Paolino (R);  Sen. Elaine Morgan (R);  Sen. Gordon Rogers (R);  Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Enables parents to review public school learning materials/object if the parent decides that the material is harmful. Also a parent may withdraw their student from the activity or class where the material is used and request an alternative assignment.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2042 An Act Relating To Education -- Transparency In Arts Education Access And Proficiency Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D)
Companion: HB7020 - Rep. Brien (I)
Cosponsors: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Establishes the Transparency in Arts Education Access and Proficiency Act to promote arts education.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2046 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D)
Companion: HB7337 - Rep. Sanchez (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Requires free breakfast and lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2143 An Act Relating To Education -- School Committees And Superintendents  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Ana Quezada (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Authorizes the school administration to issue an out-of-school suspension to students if they are a threat to the safety of others.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2144 An Act Relating To Education -- Children With Disabilities  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Ana Quezada (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Requires transition planning for high school students with disabilities, who have a "504" plan, like the transition planning required for high school students with disabilities, who have an individualized education program (IEP).
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SJR2147 Joint Resolution To Approve, Publish And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Of Amendment To The Constitution -- Right To An Adequate Education  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Roger A. Picard (D)
Companion: HJR7396 - Rep. Messier (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Amends the constitution to guarantee Rhode Island residents with equal opportunity to receive an education that is adequate, equitable and meaningful and provides judicial enforcement of this provision.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2148 An Act Relating To Education -- The Kindergarten Through Grade Two (2) Maximum Class Size Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: 2) MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE ACT (Mandates 20 students per classroom for kindergarten through second grade. Exceptions for emergencies and temporary situations, not to exceed 3 days and mid-year enrollments.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2160 An Act Relating To Education -- Career And Technical Education  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Establishes a group to develop a tuition formula for schools sending students to technical programs.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2162 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D)
Companion: HB7252 - Rep. Donovan (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. John Burke (D);  Sen. Roger A. Picard (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Amend the calculation of state funding provided to local education agencies for special education services.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2284 An Act Relating To Education -- Innovation Schools  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R)
Companion: HB7723 - Rep. Roberts (R)
Cosponsors: Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. John Burke (D);  Sen. Gordon Rogers (R);  Sen. Elaine Morgan (R);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Allows for the establishment of innovation schools for the purpose of improving school performance and student achievement through increased autonomy and flexibility.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2287 An Act Relating To Education -- Council On Elementary And Secondary Education  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D)
Companion: HB7614 - Rep. Morales (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Requires the student advisory council to meet at least quarterly, provides the chairperson with equal voting powers as members on the council, and provides that a student under eighteen (18) years is exempt from the senate advise and consent process.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2288 An Act Relating To Education -- Certification Of Teachers  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Requires all educator preparation programs to include lessons on cultural competency and how teachers shall meet the instructional needs of multilingual learners.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2289 An Act Relating To Education - Council On Postsecondary Education  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7355 - Rep. Speakman (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Prohibits colleges and universities from withholding a student's transcript due to the student failing to pay any expenses owed to the college or university but permits the withholding of a student's academic credits and grades or diploma or degree.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2320 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7400 - Rep. Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2321 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7036 - Rep. Speakman (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Establishes a new categorical funding category for civics education.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2346 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Provides local education agencies (LEAs) hiring site-based specialists for reading and math to receive state reimbursement based on enrollment and specific guidelines.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2365 An Act Relating To Education -- Paul W. Crowley Student Investment Initiative  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Restructures professional development investment fund to assume duties of dissemination of curriculum materials/frameworks/assessments/development plans with annual allocation of $200 per student.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2424 An Act Relating To Health And Safety - Parents Bill Of Rights Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Elaine Morgan (R)
Companion: HB7781 - Rep. Morgan (R)
Cosponsors: Sen. Anthony DeLuca (R);  Sen. Gordon Rogers (R);  Sen. Thomas Paolino (R);  Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D);  Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Provides for a parents' bill of rights related to the health, education and welfare of their minor children.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7020 An Act Relating To Education -- Transparency In Arts Education Access And Proficiency Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Jon Brien (I)
Companion: SB2042 - Sen. Lauria (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Brian C. Newberry (R);  Rep. Alex Finkelman (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Establishes the Transparency in Arts Education Access and Proficiency Act to promote arts education.
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
01/19/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/24/2024)
01/24/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7036 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. June Speakman (D)
Companion: SB2321 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Establishes a new categorical funding category for civics education.
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7146 An Act Relating To Education -- Curriculum  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: 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.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
01/19/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/24/2024)
01/24/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7147 An Act Relating To Education -- Curriculum  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Requires the department of education to develop and make available for use in all schools a mental health curriculum. School districts would be required to provide four (4) hours of mental health instruction to seventh grade students.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/31/2024)
01/31/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7148 An Act Relating To Education -- Cooperative Service Among School Districts  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Amends the composition of the Urban Collaborative and provide that the collaborative be governed by a board of trustees.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
01/19/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/24/2024)
01/24/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7167 An Act Relating To Domestic Relations -- Divorce And Separation  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D)
Companion: SB2213 - Sen. DiPalma (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. William W. O'Brien (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Allows for child support payments when a child is domiciled in the home of the custodial parent and principally dependent on parent until the child is 21, or 23 if child is enrolled in an educational program.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/01/2024)
02/01/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7195 An Act Relating To Education -- Health And Safety Of Pupils  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Brian Rea (R);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Establishes a one-year pilot outreach and tracking program at two public high and middle schools to address issues of asthma and attendance among students.
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7196 An Act Relating To Education -- The Nathan Bruno And Jason Flatt Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Requires public school districts to adopt a policy for responding to the death of a student or staff member. Also amends the title of chapter 16-21.7 to "The Nathan Bruno, Jason Flatt, and Alicia Biros Bereavement Act."
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/31/2024)
01/31/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7207 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Megan Cotter (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D);  Rep. Edward Cardillo (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Increases the state's regionalization bonus to six percent (6%) of the state's fiscal year share of foundation education aid and would be ongoing and continuing so long as the district remains a regional school district.
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7232 An Act Relating To Education -- Education Accountability Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2024
Summary: Incorporates the department of elementary and secondary education's SurveyWorks school climate indicators for evaluating the performance of LEAs and individual public schools.
Complete History:

01/19/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
01/26/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/31/2024)
01/31/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7289 An Act Relating To Education -- Compulsory Attendance  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Directs the department of elementary and secondary education to establish a two (2) year pilot outreach and tracking program at two (2) public high schools.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7290 An Act Relating To Education -- Compulsory Attendance  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Directs each local education agency adopt a program to monitor absenteeism data to identify students who are at risk for chronic absenteeism before it becomes a chronic situation.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7303 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Threats And Extortion  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Thomas Noret (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Robert Phillips (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Defines "public official" to include school personnel for purposes of the criminal prohibition against making threats to public officials.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/27/2024)
02/27/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7308 An Act Relating To Education -- Maintenance Of Order On Campus  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. William W. O'Brien (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Robert Phillips (D);  Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Mandates arming campus police at public higher educational institutions and includes campus police in the definition of "law enforcement officer" for the purposes of the "Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights."
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/27/2024)
02/27/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7337 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D)
Companion: SB2046 - Sen. Acosta (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Requires free breakfast and lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7355 An Act Relating To Education -- Council On Postsecondary Education  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. June Speakman (D)
Companion: SB2289 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Prohibits colleges and universities from withholding a student's transcript due to the student failing to pay any expenses owed to the college or university but permits the withholding of a student's academic credits and grades or diploma or degree.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/07/2024)
02/04/2024  Committee postponed at request of sponsor (02/07/2024)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing

   

HJR7396 Joint Resolution To Approve, Publish And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Of Amendment To The Constitution -- Right To An Adequate Education  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Messier (D)
Companion: SJR2147 - Sen. Picard (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Amends the constitution to guarantee Rhode Island residents with equal opportunity to receive an education that is adequate, equitable and meaningful and provides judicial enforcement of this provision.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7397 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Provides that the permanent foundation educational aid program would provide state funding for school-based mental health services pursuant to specified conditions.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7400 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Companion: SB2320 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing (03/07/2024)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing

   

HB7513 An Act Relating To Education -- Curriculum  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Robert Phillips (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Delays the date for local education agencies to select one of the high quality curricula and material for math and English language arts from June 30, 2025, to June 30, 2027.
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2024)
02/28/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7514 An Act Relating To Education -- Support And Access To Bilingual Education Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Leonela Felix (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Creates a new chapter for the support/access to bilingual education. It creates a dual language program fund to be administered by the department of education. Local education agencies would be eligible to apply to the department for funding. Eff. 7/1/24
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2024)
02/28/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7544 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Promise Scholarship -- Rhode Island Hope Scholarship Pilot Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D);  Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D);  Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D);  Rep. Charlene Lima (D);  Rep. William W. O'Brien (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Extends the time for which a student may enroll in order to qualify for the Promise Scholarship or the Hope Scholarship up to one year after high school graduation.
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7545 An Act Relating To Education -- The Education Equity And Property Tax Relief Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Provides for an appropriation by the general assembly in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000) to the various school districts and municipalities to employ additional social workers.
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7560 An Act Relating To Education -- Sheila C. "Skip" Nowell Academy  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Sherry Roberts (R);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D); 
Intro Date: 2/9/2024
Summary: Provides for changes to the operating structure of the Nowell Academy establishing a cooperative agreement among school districts.
Complete History:

02/09/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2024)
02/28/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7594 An Act Relating To Education -- Bilingual, Dual Language And World Language Teachers Investment Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. David Morales (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Anthony DeSimone (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D); 
Intro Date: 2/9/2024
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a program to expand the issuance of teaching certificates to bilingual dual language and world language teachers in urban and urban ring schools.
Complete History:

02/09/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7614 An Act Relating To Education -- Council On Elementary And Secondary Education  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. David Morales (D)
Companion: SB2287 - Sen. Lawson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Requires the student advisory council to meet at least quarterly, provides the chairperson with equal voting powers as members on the council, and provides that a student under eighteen (18) years is exempt from the senate advise and consent process.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7670 An Act Relating To Education -- The College Crusade Scholarship  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Messier (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Changes the name of The College Crusade Scholarship to the Onward We Learn Scholarship and provide that those scholarships would not be considered federal or financial aid with regard to the Promise Scholarship or Hope Scholarship Pilot Program.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7722 An Act Relating To Education -- Curriculum  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D); 
Intro Date: 2/28/2024
Summary: Promotes the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion principles into school curriculum and also in hiring practices for education staff.
Complete History:

02/28/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7724 An Act Relating To Education -- Offenses Pertaining To Schools  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Brianna Henries (D)
Companion: SB2195 - Sen. Mack (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D); 
Intro Date: 2/28/2024
Summary: Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race by expanding the definition of race to include traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protected hairstyles.
Complete History:

02/28/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7726 An Act Relating To Education -- Health And Safety Of Pupils  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. David Morales (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D); 
Intro Date: 2/28/2024
Summary: Requires specific actions and procedures that a public school district or the department of elementary and secondary education shall follow as a part of their proposal to phase out, merge or close a public school.
Complete History:

02/28/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

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SB2066 An Act Relating To Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities And Hospitals -- Community Mental Health Services  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7035 - Rep. Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Appropriates $1,875,000 for the creation of a 9-8-8 suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline within the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals (BHDDH).
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2072 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Alana DiMario (D)
Companion: HB7204 - Rep. Shallcross Smith (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2076 An Act Relating To Insurance -- Accident And Sickness Insurance Policies  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Removes the sunset provision of all statutory law requiring coverage for the treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/02/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/08/2024)
02/08/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study (6-0)
02/09/2024  Scheduled for consideration (02/13/2024)
02/09/2024  Scheduled for consideration
02/12/2024  Meeting postponed (02/13/2024)
02/12/2024  Scheduled for consideration (02/15/2024)
02/15/2024  Committee recommends passage (5-0)
02/15/2024  Placed on Senate Calendar (02/29/2024)
02/15/2024  Placed on Senate Calendar (03/07/2024)

Progress: 4/12 - 1st Chamber Placed on Calendar

   

SB2082 An Act Relating To Insurance -- Accident And Sickness Insurance Policies  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Companion: HB7364 - Rep. Kennedy (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Caps amount payable for 30 day supply of equipment/supplies for insulin administration/glucose monitoring at $25 or equipment designed to last more than 30 days with no deductible commencing January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2084 An Act Relating To Health And Safety - Catastrophic Illness In Children Relief Fund  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: Establishes Children's Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund to provide finance assistance to families for medical expenses not covered by state or federal programs or insurance contract.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2161 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Health Care For Children And Pregnant Women  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Matthew LaMountain (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Provides children from birth through age five (5) with continuous coverage eligibility for RIte Track/RIte Care so that they are not at risk of losing coverage at the yearly redetermination due solely to administrative barriers.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2320 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Sandra Cano (D)
Companion: HB7400 - Rep. Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2359 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Maternal And Child Health Services For Children With Special Health Care Needs  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Companion: HB7334 - Rep. Cotter (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Directs the executive office of health and human services to increase Medicaid rates for the Early Intervention and First Connections programs allowing for payment of competitive wages for qualified professionals.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2360 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- The Rhode Island Family Home-Visiting Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Makes the Medicaid rate increase permanent for the first connections family home-visiting program and requires additional information to be added to the annual family home-visiting report.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2379 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Lactation Consultant Practice Act Of 2014  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Tiara Mack (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Specifies the requirements and procedures for licensing lactation consultants as well as the renewal, expiration, termination, refusal, revocation and suspension of licenses.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2424 An Act Relating To Health And Safety - Parents Bill Of Rights Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Elaine Morgan (R)
Companion: HB7781 - Rep. Morgan (R)
Cosponsors: Sen. Anthony DeLuca (R);  Sen. Gordon Rogers (R);  Sen. Thomas Paolino (R);  Sen. Jessica de la Cruz (R);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D);  Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Provides for a parents' bill of rights related to the health, education and welfare of their minor children.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7035 An Act Relating To Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities And Hospitals -- Community Mental Health Services  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Companion: SB2066 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Anthony DeSimone (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Appropriates $1,875,000 for the creation of a 9-8-8 suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline within the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals (BHDDH).
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7195 An Act Relating To Education -- Health And Safety Of Pupils  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Brian Rea (R);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Establishes a one-year pilot outreach and tracking program at two public high and middle schools to address issues of asthma and attendance among students.
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Education

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7204 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D)
Companion: SB2072 - Sen. DiMario (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung (R);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D); 
Intro Date: 1/17/2024
Summary: Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.
Complete History:

01/17/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7233 An Act Relating To Food And Drugs -- Healthy Kids Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Donovan (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Edward Cardillo (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2024
Summary: Establishes the Healthy Kids Act whereby restaurants would be required to offer at least two (2) healthy versions of children's meals, or twenty-five percent (25%) of the children's meals on its menu, whichever is greater.
Complete History:

01/19/2024  Introduced, referred to House Health & Human Services

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7334 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Maternal And Child Health Services For Children With Special Health Care Needs  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Megan Cotter (D)
Companion: SB2359 - Sen. Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Directs the executive office of health and human services to increase Medicaid rates for the Early Intervention and First Connections programs allowing for payment of competitive wages for qualified professionals.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7337 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D)
Companion: SB2046 - Sen. Acosta (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Requires free breakfast and lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7364 An Act Relating To Insurance -- Accident And Sickness Insurance Policies  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D)
Companion: SB2082 - Sen. Murray (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. William W. O'Brien (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Caps amount payable for 30 day supply of equipment/supplies for insulin administration/glucose monitoring at $25 or equipment designed to last more than 30 days with no deductible commencing January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Health & Human Services
02/23/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/29/2024)
02/29/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7400 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Companion: SB2320 - Sen. Cano (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Establishes new programs for free breakfast and lunch meals in all public schools.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing
02/16/2024  Scheduled for hearing (03/07/2024)

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing

   

HB7577 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Health Care Provider Shield Bill  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John G. Edwards (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 2/9/2024
Summary: Enacts the Health Care Provider Shield Bill, precluding any individual from interfering with another's access to transgender health care services and reproductive health care services.
Complete History:

02/09/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Housing & Homelessness Legislation

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SB2186 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Rhode Island Housing And Resources Act Of 1998  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Victoria Gu (D)
Companion: HB7063 - Rep. Spears (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Incorporates universal design principals into new construction of low- and moderate-income housing to provide greater accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2188 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Ana Quezada (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Prohibits a landlord from inquiring about the immigration status of a tenant subject to any federal laws or regulations, but may request financial information or proof of identity.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2189 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Tiara Mack (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Increases the time requirements notice for rental increases from 30 days to 90 days and for persons older than age 62 to 120 days.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2417 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Tiara Mack (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Creates a tenant bill of rights to the right to counsel, the right to habitability, the right to organize free, the right to be free from discrimination, the right to first refusal if the landlord decides to sell the property, and right to renew lease.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2438 An Act Relating To Property  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Limits the use of certain criminal records and credit history reports in denying housing to prospective applicants, and provides for fines for failure to comply, and requires notices of denials to be sent to the prospective tenants.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7049 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Brandon Potter (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Limits rent increases to no more than 4% annually and provides tenants with a civil action to recover damages for any violations.
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7062 An Act Relating To Towns And Cities -- Zoning Ordinances  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. June Speakman (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D);  Rep. Christopher Blazejewski (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Amends several sections of law relating to zoning ordinances to provide uniform zoning standards for accessory dwelling units.
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing
01/19/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/25/2024)
01/25/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study
01/26/2024  Scheduled for consideration (02/01/2024)
02/01/2024  Committee recommends passage
02/09/2024  Placed on House Calendar (02/14/2024)
02/14/2024  House read and passed

Progress: 5/12 - 1st Chamber Read and Passed

   

HB7063 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Rhode Island Housing And Resources Act Of 1998  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Tina Spears (D)
Companion: SB2186 - Sen. Gu (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Alex Finkelman (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. William W. O'Brien (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Incorporates universal design principals into new construction of low- and moderate-income housing to provide greater accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing
01/19/2024  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/25/2024)
01/25/2024  Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Progress: 2/12 - 1st Chamber Scheduled for hearing / Study

   

HB7174 An Act Relating To Property -- Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2024
Summary: Prohibits landlords from inquiring about an applicant's prior incarceration and from discriminating against those who have been released from prison.
Complete History:

01/11/2024  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing
02/26/2024  Committee transferred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7304 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Requires landlords of residential properties give tenants notice of rent increase at least 90 days prior to increase and requires notice requirement for rent increases for month to month tenants who are over the age of 62 years, to 120 days.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7317 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Radon Control  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D); 
Intro Date: 1/26/2024
Summary: Requires landlords to conduct a radon test of all residential rental properties every five (5) years. Short-term residential rentals would be excluded from radon testing requirements.
Complete History:

01/26/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/29/2024  Withdrawn at sponsor's request

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7372 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Ramon Perez (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Limits residential rent increases to ten percent (10%) plus the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) annually.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7534 An Act Relating To Towns And Cities -- City Housing Authorities  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D); 
Intro Date: 2/7/2024
Summary: Allows RIHMFC and related organization to administer allocations of funds for low-income housing.
Complete History:

02/07/2024  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7647 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Requires landlords to list all mandatory fees when advertising any residential property for rent as well as on the first page of any lease. Prohibits a landlord from charging a convenience fee when the tenant pays rent.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7655 An Act Relating To Property -- Community Opportunity To Purchase Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. June Speakman (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Grants a right of first offer to qualified nonprofits for the purchase of certain multi-family residential properties at market prices, within a reasonable period of time to promote the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7746 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D); 
Intro Date: 2/28/2024
Summary: Provides that landlords would pay interest on security deposits in residential landlord-tenant matters.
Complete History:

02/28/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HJR7776 Joint Resolution Making An Appropriation Of $20,000,000 For The Housing Down Payment Assistance Program  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D); 
Intro Date: 2/28/2024
Summary: This resolution would authorize the appropriation of the sum of $20,000,000 to support the Down Payment Assistance program.
Complete History:

02/28/2024  Introduced, referred to House Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Juvenile Justice Legislation

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SB2116 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Companion: HB7096 - Rep. Kislak (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Mark McKenney (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: 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.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2200 An Act Relating To Courts And Civil Procedure--Courts -- Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Companion: HB7371 - Rep. Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Matthew LaMountain (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Mark McKenney (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Gives statewide juvenile hearing boards the authority to refer a juvenile offender to a rehabilitative driving course, as part of a disposition of an offense before the board. The order may be enforced by the traffic tribunal.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2205 An Act Relating To Criminals--Correctional Institutions -- Parole  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Ana Quezada (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Provides that prisoners who committed offenses prior to age 18 and sentenced as adults would be eligible for parole after completing 15 yrs of their sentence/does not lengthen their eligibility should prisoner be eligible for parole earlier than 15 yrs.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2211 An Act Relating To Courts And Civil Procedure -- Courts -- Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Matthew LaMountain (D);  Sen. David Tikoian (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Only protective orders issued against adults are to be transmitted to A.G.'s B.C.I. for inclusion in the R.O.N.C.O. system. Protective orders against juveniles will be accessible to law enforcement.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2233 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government-- Corrections Department  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Companion: HB7525 - Rep. Felix (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Mark McKenney (D);  Sen. John Burke (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Samuel Zurier (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Repeals 42-56-38.1 and requires the department of corrections to provide free communication services to inmates and juveniles held in residential placement or detention centers and requires that those facilities provide in-person contact visits.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2435 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Prohibits a peace officer, as defined in § 12-7-21, from employing threats, physical harm, deprivation, deception, coercion, or psychologically manipulative interrogation tactics during the custodial interrogation of a juvenile.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7096 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D)
Companion: SB2116 - Sen. Kallman (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2024
Summary: 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.
Complete History:

01/10/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7371 An Act Relating To Courts And Civil Procedure--Courts -- Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Companion: SB2200 - Sen. Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Gives statewide juvenile hearing boards the authority to refer a juvenile offender to a rehabilitative driving course, as part of a disposition of an offense before the board. The order may be enforced by the traffic tribunal.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7642 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D); 
Intro Date: 2/15/2024
Summary: Prohibit the family court from detaining any juvenile or committing any juvenile, under the age of 14 years, to the training school, for any offense other than murder, first degree sexual assault, or an attempt to commit such offenses.
Complete History:

02/15/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Safety Legislation

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SB2202 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Weapons  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D)
Companion: HB7373 - Rep. Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D); 
Intro Date: 1/24/2024
Summary: Requires safe storage of firearms/provides civil and criminal penalties for violations/adds rifles and shotguns to the types of firearms requiring a trigger lock to be included with purchase/requires firearms dealers post signs regarding safe storage.
Complete History:

01/24/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7048 An Act Relating To Criminal Procedure -- Sentence And Execution  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Cherie Cruz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/5/2024
Summary: Requires sentencing court to consider whether defendant is parent of child, or caregiver of elderly, disabled or terminally ill person whose well-being would be adversely affected by the person's incarceration and if so, shall impose a non-jail sentence.
Complete History:

01/05/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7217 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Assault Weapons  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Jason Knight (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2024
Summary: Bans the possession, sale, and transfer of assault weapons. Possession of assault weapons owned on the effective date of this act to be "grandfathered". Violations are punishable by a fine or imprisonment.
Complete History:

01/18/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7373 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Weapons  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Companion: SB2202 - Sen. Lauria (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Arthur Handy (D); 
Intro Date: 1/31/2024
Summary: Requires safe storage of firearms/provides civil and criminal penalties for violations/adds rifles and shotguns to the types of firearms requiring a trigger lock to be included with purchase/requires firearms dealers post signs regarding safe storage.
Complete History:

01/31/2024  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

Other Legislation

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SB2100 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D)
Companion: HB7527 - Rep. Felix (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Ana Quezada (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2024
Summary: This act would further delineate the definitions of felony, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor.
Complete History:

01/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

SB2355 An Act Relating To Taxation -- Personal Income Tax  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Melissa Murray (D)
Companion: HB7338 - Rep. Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Sandra Cano (D);  Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D);  Sen. Robert Britto (D);  Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D);  Sen. Victoria Gu (D);  Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D); 
Intro Date: 2/12/2024
Summary: Creates an additional Rhode Island personal income surtax of 3% on taxable income over $1,000,000, with the existing three-bracket personal income tax structure remaining in place.
Complete History:

02/12/2024  Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HJR7474 Joint Resolution To Approve And Publish And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Of Amendment To The Constitution -- Of Suffrage  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Brandon Voas (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. David Morales (D); 
Intro Date: 2/2/2024
Summary: Would propose to the voters of the state a constitutional amendment regarding eligibility to vote and to be a candidate.
Complete History:

02/02/2024  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

   

HB7764 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Open Meetings  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Leonela Felix (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Cherie Cruz (D); 
Intro Date: 2/28/2024
Summary: Requires public bodies to offer translation services for all open meetings of said bodies.
Complete History:

02/28/2024  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

Progress: 1/12 - 1st Chamber Introduced, Referred

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