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Legislative Testimony

Throughout the legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks the budget and other bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly and presents policy information and data-based testimony to General Assembly committees. Bill numbers are included for each bill Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is tracking as well as information on the latest hearings and progress of each bill.

Please see below for all written testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.

Budget Testimony

Budget testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the

 2021 legislative session:

 

American Rescue Plan Act Proposals - Public and Stakeholder Input - Senate Finance - November 15, 2021

Federal American Rescue Plan Act Funding (Housing and Behavioral Health) - Senate Finance - November 10, 2021

Governor’s Supplemental Request to Amend FY 2022 Appropriations Act Relating to Housing Affordability and Security - Senate Finance - October 21, 2021

Governor’s Supplemental Request to Amend FY 2022 Appropriations Act Relating to Housing Affordability and Security - House Finance - October 28, 2021

H6494 Revised Appropriations for FY22, Child Care and Early Intervention ARPA funding for staffing crises - October 27, 2021

Governor's FY 2022, FY 2021—Revised and Capital Budgets, Department of Children, Youth and Families and Office of the Child Advocate - April 28, 2021

FY 2021, FY 2020 Revised & Capital Budgets, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - May 5, 2021

FY 2021, FY 2020 Revised & Capital Budgets, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - May 11, 2021

Budget Article 1, Section 15 - RI Promise - April 6, 2021

Budget Article 4, Section 6 – Relating to Debt Management Act Joint Resolutions, RICHIST - April 8, 2021

Budget Article 12, Section 8, Medicaid Reform - April 14, 2021

Budget Article 12, Section 8, Medicaid Reform - April 26, 2021

Budget Article 13, Sections 2 and 3 (Parole) - April 8, 2021

Budget Article 13, Sections 2 and 3 (Parole) - May 17, 2021

Budget Article 13, Section 5 (the Rhode Island Works Program) - May 27, 2021

Budget Article 13, Section 6, Rates established for the Rhode Island Child Care Assistance Program - April 8, 2021

Budget Article 16 - Relating to Housing - March 25, 2021

 

Child Welfare Testimony

Child Welfare testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session: 

 

H5387 - Marriage Licenses - February 23, 2021

H5811 - An Act Relating to Medical Assistance and Public Assistance Caseload Estimating Conferences - May 13, 2021

Early Learning & Development Testimony

Economic Well-Being Testimony

Economic Well-Being testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.

 

S1 - Minimum Wage - February 3, 2021

S143 - Minimum Wage - February 3, 2021

S221 - Increasing the EITC - May 3, 2021

S226 - RI Works - February 25, 2021

S453 - Payday Lending - May 20, 2021

H5130 - Minimum Wages - February 24, 2021

H5013 - Increasing the EITC - May 6, 2021

H5683 - Relating to Human Services- RI Works - April 8, 2021

H5686 - Payday Lending - May 25, 2021

H5931 - Regarding School Lunches - May 20, 2021

Education Testimony

Education testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.

 

Public Comment - LEAP Task Force Recommendations - May 26, 2021

Public Comment - Providence Public Schools - June 3, 2021

S13 - Charter School Moratorium - January 27, 2021

S76- Civics Education - March 3, 2021

S79 - RI Promise Scholarship - March 17, 2021

S90 - Multilingual Learner/English Learner Education Funding - April 7, 2021

S91 - Education Equity And Education Equity Property Tax Relief Act - April 7, 2021

S150 - Competency-Based Learning Policy - March 3, 2021

S179 - Trauma Informed Schools Act - February 25, 2021

S205 - Amendment to the Constitution -- Right to an Adequate Education - April 14, 2021

S207 – Relating to Residence of Children for School Purposes - May 5, 2021

S209 - Advanced Placement Courses for All Students Act - March 3, 2021

S214 - Curriculum-Basic Education Program - April 7, 2021

S282 - Student's Bill of Rights Preventing Discrimination - April 14, 2021

S287 - Establishing a Class Size Maximum for Kindergarten through Grade 2 - March 31, 2021

S355 - Curriculum-Dual Language Model Policy - April 14, 2021

S454 - Ombudsperson - April 14, 2021

S457 - The World Language and Dual Language Immersion Act - April 14, 2021

S458 - African Heritage History Education - April 14, 2021

S462 - College Crusade Scholarship - March 17, 2021

S536 - Youth Interrogation - April 5, 2021

S577 - Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Act - April 8, 2021

S636 - Rhode Island Hope Scholarship - April 28, 2021

S756 - Reading and Math Specialists - April 28, 2021

S757 - School-Based Mental Health Professionals - April 14, 2021

S814 - Seal of Biliteracy - April 14, 2021

S824 - School Lunches - April 28, 2021

S825 - Community Schools Act - April 28, 2021

H5027 - SurveyWorks - February 3, 2021

H5028 - Civic Literacy Act - February 3, 2021

H5193 - Charter Schools Moratorium, March 23, 2021

H5211 - Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Act - March 23, 2021

H5224 - RI Promise - April 6, 2021

H5233 - Health and Safety of Pupils - February 24, 2021

H5234 - Suspensions - February 24, 2021

H5238 - In-State Tuition - February 34, 2021

H5238 - In-State Tuition - June 23, 2021

H5239 - The World Language and Dual Language Immersion Act - March 23, 2021

H5350 - Advanced Placement Courses for All Students Act - March 23, 2021

H5367 - School Resource Officers - March 23, 2021

H5605 - RI Promise - April 7, 2021

H5699 - Increasing Opportunities for Teachers of Color Act - March 23, 2021

H5827 - School Committee and Superintendents - March 24, 2021

H5827 - School Committee and Superintendents: NMEF Testimony - March 24, 2021

H5828 - Commission Encouraging More Persons of Color to Enter the Field of Education - March 24, 2021

H5829 - Certification of Teachers- ESL - March 24, 2021

H5833 - Ombudsperson - March 24, 2021

H5931 - Regarding School Lunches - May 20, 2021

H5933 - Alternatives to Suspensions - April 28, 2021

H5936 - Trauma Informed Schools Act - April 28, 2021

H6029 - School Social Workers - March 23, 2021

H6029 - School Social Workers: Young Voices Testimony - March 23, 2021

H6140 – Relating to Residence of Children for School Purposes - March 23, 2021

H6217 - Rhode Island Hope Scholarship  - May 20, 2021

Health & Dental Testimony

Housing & Homelessness Testimony

Housing & Homelessness testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.

 

S183 - Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium - March 11, 2021

S229 - Real Estate Transfer Tax - March 4, 2021

S365 - Real Estate Transfer Tax - March 4, 2021

S365 - Real Estate Transfer Tax - May 20, 2021

S528 - Sealing and Unsealing of Eviction Records - March 11, 2021

S561 - Fair Housing Practices - March 11, 2021

H5257 - Fair Housing Practices - February 11, 2021

H5309 - Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium - March 31, 2021

H5456 - Real Estate Transfer Tax - April 13, 2021

H5687 - Real Estate Transfer Tax - April 13, 2021

H5734 - Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act, March 17, 2021

H6464 - Sealing of Residential Eviction Proceedings - June 29, 2021

Juvenile Justice Testimony

Juvenile Justice testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.

 

H5144 - Parole - March 3, 3021

S333 - Parole - May 10, 2021

Safety Testimony

Safety testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.

 

H5553 - Weapons – Safe Storage, March 19, 2021

H5554 - Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban of 2021, March 19, 2021

H5555 - Prohibit the possession of firearms on school grounds, March 19, 2021

H5556 - Assault Weapons, March 19, 2021

Other Testimony

Other testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session.

 

H5305 - Drivers’ Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants, March 17, 2021

2020 Legislative Testimony

2020 Legislative Testimony

Article 4, Debt Management Act Joint Resolutions, RICHIST

Article 5, Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund

Article 5, Question 3(a), Affordable Housing Bond

Article 5, State Health Laboratory and Facilities Bond

Article 5, Capital Development Program (Question 3a - Housing Bond)

Article 10, RI Pre-K Expansion, Multilingual Learners, Mental Health Professionals at Public Schools

Article 10, Section 7 RI Promise

Article 10, Section 7 Regarding RI Promise Supplemental Data

Article 10, Rhode Island Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund

Article 10, MLL/Mental Health/RI Promise

Article 12, Housing

Article 12, Affordable Housing Funding Stream

Article 14, Perinatal Doula Services

Article 14, Section 5c, Perinatal Doula Services

Article 14, Section 5, First Connection Family Home Visiting Program

Article 15, RI Works

Article 20 Sections 8-12, ACA Protections and Telemedicine

Article 21, Tobacco Products

Department of Children, Youth and Families Budget

Executive Office of Health and Human Services Budget

Department of Human Services Budget - Child Care Assistance Program & Head Start

H7111, Annual Reports on the Academic Achievement of Students in Foster Care

H7338, Mental Health Services for All Students

H7541, Uniform Parentage Act

H7429, Child Support

H7293, The World Language and Dual Language Immersion Act

H7271, Rhode Island Early Educator Investment Act

H7541, Uniform Parentage Act

H7429, Child Support

H7570, Minimum Wage

S2147, Minimum Wage Incremental Increase

H7043 and H7069, Funding for Field Trips

S2327, Funding for Field Trips

H7071, Statewide Bullying Policy

S2035, Competency-Based Learning Policy

H7292, Strategies to Recruit Teachers of Color

H7293, The World Language and Dual Language Immersion Act

H7338, Mental Health Services for All Students

H7439, Grades 5 or Below Suspensions

H7797, Compulsory Attendance

H7818, Advanced Placement Courses for All Students Act

H7825, Compulsory Attendance Monitoring

H7070, Electronic Cigarettes

H7041, Tobacco and Nicotine Products - Children

H7338, Mental Health Services for All Students

H7469, Healthy Beverage Act

S2114, Little Cigar Tax

S2124, Medical Assistance - Perinatal Doula Services

S2465, Children's Catastrophic Illness Fund

S2520, Health Care for Children and Pregnant Women

S2134, Source of Housing Income

H7102, Prohibiting Firearms Undetectable by Metal Detectors

H7103, The Julie Lynn Cardinal Act

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