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Current Legislation

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

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

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

Below is the 2023 legislation that is being tracked by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT in each policy area:

Child Welfare Legislation

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

SB12 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Department Of Children, Youth And Families  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. John Burke (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Requires that each child under the supervision of the department of children, youth and families be provided a team of educational advocates to ensure the child’s educational planning, progress and success.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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

   

HB5057 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Licensing And Monitoring Of Child Placing Agencies, Child Caring Agencies, Foster And Adoptive Homes, And Children's Behavioral Health Progr  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Donovan (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2023
Summary: Provides passes granting free access to state parks and beaches to persons residing in foster and adoptive homes.
Complete History:

01/11/2023  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

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

   

HB5102 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government - Department Of Children, Youth And Families  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Sherry Roberts (R);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Michael Chippendale (R);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
Summary: Establishes general caseload limits for DCYF workers similar to those contained in the Council on Accreditation standards.
Complete History:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Health & Human Services

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

Early Learning & Development Legislation

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

  

HB5011 An Act Relating To Education -- Children With Disabilities  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Christopher Blazejewski (D);  Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D); 
Intro Date: 1/6/2023
Summary: Provides that parents and guardians of children with disabilities in private school have the same rights and remedies as parents/guardians of children in public school.
Complete History:

01/06/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5085 An Act Relating To Education -- The Kindergarten Through Grade Two  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
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:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5094 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Early Educator Investment Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. Megan Cotter (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Charlene Lima (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
Summary: Establishes the Rhode Island Early Educator Investment Act to develop and implement strategies to improve the compensation of early childhood educators.
Complete History:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

   

HB5166 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Office Of The Special Education Ombud  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Lauren Carson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
Summary: Establishes the RI ombud for special education who ensures school districts throughout the state meet the minimum standards required to comply with the individualized education programs for students with disabilities.
Complete History:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5193 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Rhode Island Childcare Essential Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Joseph McNamara (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
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:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

   

HB5253 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Prekindergarten Education Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Mia Ackerman (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/27/2023
Summary: Requires the department of education to provide a statewide, universal prekindergarten, early childhood education program for all three (3), four (4) and five (5)-year-old children by September 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/27/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

Economic Well-Being Legislation

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

 

SB37 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Minimum Wages  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Frank A. Ciccone, III (D)
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Sets the minimum wage at fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour commencing January 1, 2024, and at twenty dollars ($20.00) per hour commencing January 1, 2025.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

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

   

HB5141 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5160 An Act Relating To Financial Institutions -- Licensed Activities -- Lenders And Loan Brokers -- Check Cashing  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Alzate (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Mary Messier (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Brian C. Newberry (R);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
Summary: Repeals the provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders."
Complete History:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Corporations

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

   

HB5181 An Act Relating To Labor And Labor Relations -- Minimum Wages  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Scott Slater (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
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:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Labor

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

   

HB5209 An Act Relating To Criminal Procedure -- Identification And Apprehension Of Criminals -- Rehabilitation Of Offenders  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Deborah J. Fellela (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
Summary: Prohibits any employer from denying any person employment based on a prior criminal conviction and prohibits state from disqualifying any person from any occupation for which a license is required based on a prior conviction.
Complete History:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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

Education Legislation

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SB12 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Department Of Children, Youth And Families  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Sam Bell (D);  Sen. Linda Ujifusa (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. John Burke (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Requires that each child under the supervision of the department of children, youth and families be provided a team of educational advocates to ensure the child’s educational planning, progress and success.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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

   

HB5010 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Medical Assistance -- The Promoting Access To Increased Mental Health Services For All Students Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung (R);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D); 
Intro Date: 1/6/2023
Summary: Requires that services provided by school social workers and certified school psychologists be included as health care related services eligible for federal Medicaid reimbursement.
Complete History:

01/06/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5082 An Act Relating To Education -- School Committees And Superintendents  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
Summary: Requires school committees to provide transportation for any student who resides two (2) or more miles from school.
Complete History:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5084 An Act Relating To Education -- Curriculum  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
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:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5085 An Act Relating To Education -- The Kindergarten Through Grade Two  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Matthew Dawson (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
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:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5099 An Act Relating To Education -- Rhode Island Hope Scholarship Pilot Program Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
Summary: Establishes the Rhode Island hope scholarship pilot program to provide two-year scholarships to junior and seniors at Rhode Island college.
Complete History:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

   

HB5141 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5166 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Office Of The Special Education Ombud  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Lauren Carson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
Summary: Establishes the RI ombud for special education who ensures school districts throughout the state meet the minimum standards required to comply with the individualized education programs for students with disabilities.
Complete History:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

Health & Dental Legislation

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SB2 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Lead Poisoning Prevention Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D)
Companion: HB5007 - Rep. O'Brien (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Maryellen E. Goodwin (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2023
Summary: Establishes a lead water supply replacement program for public and private service lines and requires disclosure to tenants and buyers of real property of the presence of lead service lines.
Complete History:

01/10/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 12/12 - Became Law

   

SB23 An Act Relating To Insurance -- Individual Health Insurance Coverage  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Joshua Miller (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Maryellen E. Goodwin (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Jonathan Acosta (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Guarantees availability of coverage to eligible residents of state and does not limit or exclude coverage by imposing a preexisting condition exclusion.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

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

   

SB28 An Act Relating To Insurance -- Insurance Coverage For Mental Illness And Substance Abuse  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Joshua Miller (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Bridget Valverde (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Increases the rate of reimbursement for in-network behavioral health care services below the medial commercial reimbursement rate and also Rhode Island Medicaid shall increase the rate of reimbursement.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

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

   

SB32 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Health Care For Children And Pregnant Women--Equality In Abortion Coverage  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Bridget Valverde (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Tiara Mack (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D);  Sen. Jonathan Acosta (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Valerie Lawson (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Provides for abortion coverage in the Medicaid program and repeals the abortion coverage exclusion for state employee insurance plans.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

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

   

HB5006 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Health Care For Children And Pregnant Women -- Equality In Abortion Coverage  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Christopher Blazejewski (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D);  Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D); 
Intro Date: 1/6/2023
Summary: Provides for abortion coverage in the Medicaid program and repeal the abortion coverage exclusion for state employee insurance plans.
Complete History:

01/06/2023  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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

   

HB5007 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Lead Poisoning Prevention Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. William W. O'Brien (D)
Companion: SB2 - Sen. Ruggerio (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Marvin Abney (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D);  Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/6/2023
Summary: Establishes a lead water supply replacement program for public and private service lines and requires disclosure to tenants and buyers of real property of the presence of lead service lines.
Complete History:

01/06/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

   

HB5010 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Medical Assistance -- The Promoting Access To Increased Mental Health Services For All Students Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph McNamara (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D);  Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung (R);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D); 
Intro Date: 1/6/2023
Summary: Requires that services provided by school social workers and certified school psychologists be included as health care related services eligible for federal Medicaid reimbursement.
Complete History:

01/06/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5141 An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Justine Caldwell (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Lauren Carson (D);  Rep. Tina Spears (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D);  Rep. Susan Donovan (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Katherine S Kazarian (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to House Education

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

   

HB5254 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Medical Assistance  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. David Morales (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Robert Phillips (D); 
Intro Date: 1/27/2023
Summary: Would extend Medicaid and CHIP assistance to certain individuals which assistance was lost through to January 1, 2024.
Complete History:

01/27/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

 

Housing & Homelessness Legislation

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SB2 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Lead Poisoning Prevention Act  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D)
Companion: HB5007 - Rep. O'Brien (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Maryellen E. Goodwin (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D); 
Intro Date: 1/10/2023
Summary: Establishes a lead water supply replacement program for public and private service lines and requires disclosure to tenants and buyers of real property of the presence of lead service lines.
Complete History:

01/10/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Progress: 12/12 - Became Law

   

HB5007 An Act Relating To Health And Safety -- Lead Poisoning Prevention Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. William W. O'Brien (D)
Companion: SB2 - Sen. Ruggerio (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. Marvin Abney (D);  Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. David Bennett (D);  Rep. Brandon Potter (D);  Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D);  Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D); 
Intro Date: 1/6/2023
Summary: Establishes a lead water supply replacement program for public and private service lines and requires disclosure to tenants and buyers of real property of the presence of lead service lines.
Complete History:

01/06/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

   

HB5048 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Ramon Perez (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Edward Cardillo (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2023
Summary: Limits residential rent increases to ten percent (10%) plus the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) annually.
Complete History:

01/11/2023  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing
01/27/2023  Committee transferred to House Judiciary

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

   

HB5098 An Act Relating To Human Services -- Rhode Island Pathways Project  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. David Bennett (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Grace Diaz (D);  Rep. Evan Shanley (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
Summary: Requires the executive office of health and human services (EOHHS) to utilize current Medicaid waiver funds to provide coverage for supporting housing for the homeless.
Complete History:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

   

HB5119 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- Emergency Shelters  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
Summary: Establishes rules and procedures for licensing emergency shelters, including setting minimum standards and prohibiting the charging of fees to the residents.
Complete History:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing

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

   

HB5120 An Act Relating To Property -- Homeless Bill Of Rights  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D); 
Intro Date: 1/12/2023
Summary: Creates a commission to establish homeless shelter standards through regulations.
Complete History:

01/12/2023  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing

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

   

HB5204 An Act Relating To State Affairs And Government -- The Department Of Housing  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Diaz (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Scott Slater (D);  Rep. John G. Edwards (D);  Rep. Ramon Perez (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. Marvin Abney (D);  Rep. Nathan Biah (D);  Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D); 
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
Summary: Requires the secretary of housing to create a consumer guide of landlord-tenant laws to be updated annually.
Complete History:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government & Housing

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

   

HB5225 An Act Relating To Property -- Residential Landlord And Tenant Act  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Karen Alzate (D);  Rep. Brianna Henries (D);  Rep. Michelle McGaw (D);  Rep. Jose Batista (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Leonela Felix (D);  Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D);  Rep. June Speakman (D); 
Intro Date: 1/25/2023
Summary: Requires all property owners of rental property to file with the secretary of state notice of their name, address, telephone number, email address and other information.
Complete History:

01/25/2023  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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

 

Juvenile Justice Legislation

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HB5227 An Act Relating To Delinquent And Dependent Children -- Proceedings In Family Court  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D);  Rep. Justine Caldwell (D);  Rep. David Morales (D);  Rep. John Joseph Lombardi (D);  Rep. Raymond Hull (D);  Rep. Julie Casimiro (D);  Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D);  Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D); 
Intro Date: 1/25/2023
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:

01/25/2023  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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

Safety Legislation

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HB5045 An Act Relating To Criminal Offenses -- Weapons  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Ramon Perez (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D);  Rep. Thomas Noret (D);  Rep. Charlene Lima (D);  Rep. Arthur J. Corvese (D);  Rep. Gregory Costantino (D);  Rep. Edward Cardillo (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2023
Summary: Allows those persons with concealed carry permits issued by other states to carry upon their person weapons in Rhode Island provided that the issuing state recognizes and gives reciprocity to Rhode Island license or permit holders.
Complete History:

01/11/2023  Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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

Other Legislation

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SB35 An Act Relating To Elections -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Sen. Valerie Lawson (D)
Companion: HB5055 - Rep. Boylan (D)
Cosponsors: Sen. Meghan Kallman (D);  Sen. Pamela Lauria (D);  Sen. Joshua Miller (D);  Sen. Jonathan Acosta (D);  Sen. Alana DiMario (D);  Sen. Dawn Euer (D);  Sen. Melissa Murray (D);  Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D);  Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D); 
Intro Date: 1/18/2023
Summary: Allows individuals, who have not reached the age of eighteen (18) years, to vote in a primary election, as long as the voter will be eighteen (18), as of the date of the general or special election.
Complete History:

01/18/2023  Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

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

   

HR5051-A House Resolution Adopting The Rules Of The House Of Representatives For The Years 2023 And 2024  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D)
Intro Date: 1/11/2023
Summary: This resolution would adopt the Rules of the House of Representatives for the years 2023 and 2024.
Complete History:

01/11/2023  Introduced, referred to House Rules Committee
01/13/2023  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
01/13/2023  Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/18/2023)
01/18/2023  Committee recommended measure be held for further study
01/20/2023  Scheduled for consideration (01/24/2023)
01/23/2023  Proposed Substitute
01/24/2023  Committee recommends passage of Sub A
01/24/2023  Placed on House Calendar (01/26/2023)
01/26/2023  House passed Sub A

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

   

HB5055 An Act Relating To Elections -- General Provisions  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D)
Companion: SB35 - Sen. Lawson (D)
Cosponsors: Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D);  Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D);  Rep. Rebecca Kislak (D);  Rep. Jennifer Stewart (D);  Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D);  Rep. Robert Craven, Sr. (D);  Rep. Jason Knight (D);  Rep. Kathleen Fogarty (D); 
Intro Date: 1/11/2023
Summary: Allows individuals, who have not reached the age of eighteen (18) years, to vote in a primary election, as long as the voter will be eighteen (18), as of the date of the general or special election.
Complete History:

01/11/2023  Introduced, referred to House State Government & Elections

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

 

Budget Articles

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HB5199 An Act Relating To Making Revised Appropriations In Support Of Fy 2023  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Marvin Abney (D)
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
Complete History:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

   

HB5200 An Act Making Appropriations For The Support Of The State For The Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2024  pdf

Sponsor: Rep. Marvin Abney (D)
Intro Date: 1/19/2023
Complete History:

01/19/2023  Introduced, referred to House Finance

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

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