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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 2024 legislative session.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Budget and Legislative Priorities

Budget Testimony

Child Welfare Testimony

Child Welfare testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2024 legislative session:

H7225, Higher Education Opportunity Incentive Grant - February 14, 2024

Early Learning & Development Testimony

Early Learning testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2024 legislative session.

 

H-7094, Relating to the Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care in Rhode Island -
January 30, 2024

H-7154, Relating to Health and Safety – Licensing of Summer Camps - January 30, 2024

H7291, Early Care and Education Workforce Data Act - February 7, 2024

H7438, Rhode Island Early Childhood IDEA Task Force - February 28, 2024

H7793, Relating to Labor and Labor Relations – Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act - April 10, 2024

H7934, Joint Resolution Supporting Continued Focus and Actions for Improved Coordination Between Agencies Responsible for Early Childhood and Early Learning - April 9, 2024

S2121, Temporary Caregivers Insurance - March 20, 2024

S2148, Establishing a Class Size Maximum for Kindergarten through Grade - April 3, 2024

S-2174, Licensing of Summer Camps - February 15, 2024

S2038, Rhode Island Early Educator Compensation Stabilization Act - March 20, 2024

S2459, Removing Child Support Enforcement from the Child Care Assistance Program (RI Works) - May 21, 2024

S2512, Rhode Island Early Childhood IDEA Task Force - March 20, 2024

S2519, Rhode Island Prekindergarten Education Act – Enrollment Process and Restrictions - April 3, 2024

S-2530 Joint Resolution Supporting Continued Focus and Actions for Improved Coordination Between Agencies Responsible for Early Childhood and Early Learning - March 20, 2024

S2843, Rhode Island Prekindergarten Education Act - April 4, 2024

S2847, Child Care is Essential Act - April 3, 2024

Economic Well-Being Testimony

Education Testimony

Health & Dental Testimony

Health & Dental testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2024 legislative session.

 

H7091, Relating to Safeguarding ACA Consumer Protections - February 15, 2024

H7577, Health Care Provider Shield Bill - March 5, 2024

S2262, Health Care Provider Shield Bill - March 7, 2024

Housing & Homelessness Testimony

Housing & Homelessness testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2024 legislative session.

H7225, Article 5, Question 3 Relating to Affordable Housing - February 29, 2024

H7225, Article 3 Related to the Lead Rental Registry - February 29, 2024

H7655, Community Opportunity to Purchase Act - March 19, 2024

Juvenile Justice Testimony

Juvenile Justice testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2024 legislative session.

 

S2116, An Act Relating to Delinquent and Dependent Children – Proceedings in Family Court - March 26, 2024

Safety Testimony

Safety testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2024 legislative session.

Other Testimony

2023 Legislative Testimony

Budget testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the

 2023 legislative session:

 

Budget testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the

 2023 legislative session:

H6110 Equity – State Budget - April 18, 2023

S-527, Equity – State Budget - May 11, 2023

Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner- RI Reconnect - March 23, 2023

Governor's FY 2023 Revised and FY 2024 & Capital Budgets — Department of Children, Youth and Families and Office of the Child Advocate - House Finance Committee - March 7, 2023

Governor's FY 2023 Revised and FY 2024 & Capital Budgets — Department of Children, Youth and Families and Office of the Child Advocate - Senate Finance Committee - March 30, 2023

H-5200, RIDE Budget, RI Pre-K funding, Senate Finance Committee - March 8, 2022

H-5200, RIDE Budget, RI Pre-K funding - April 4, 2023

H5200 Related to DHS Budget, Medicaid Redeterminations - March 21, 2023

H5200, RIDE Budget, RI Pre-K funding - Senate Finance Committee - March 8, 2022

H-5200, Article 3, Section 1 Related to Government Reform and Reorganization (RI Longitudinal Data System Act) - Senate Finance - February 14, 2023

H5200, Article 8 Relating to Education (Funding Formula) - House Finance - March 1, 2023

H5200, Budget Article 9: Medical Assistance -- Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and Cedar Rate Increase - House Finance Committee - March 2, 2023

H5200, Budget Article 9: Medical Assistance -- Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and Cedar Rate Increase - Senate Finance Committee - May 4, 2023

Governor’s Budget Amendment 9 (RI Hope Scholarship) - /Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/2023 Testimony/Budget%20Amendment%209-%20Rhode%20Island%20Hope%20Scholarship%20April%2019%202023_PC-FINAL.pdf?ver=2023-04-28-123654-917April 20, 2023

 

Child Welfare testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session:

 

S183, An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government -- Department of Children, Youth and Families - March 8, 2023 

S768 Department of Children, Youth and Families - May 17, 2023

S780 - Department of Children, Youth and Families' Higher Education Opportunity Incentive Grant
- May 18, 2023

S782, An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government — Office of Health and Human Services - May 4, 2023

S1011 DCYF Need Assessment - May 30, 2023

H5458, An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government -- Department of Children, Youth and Families - team of educational advocates - April 4, 2023

H5635, An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government -- Department of Children, Youth and Families' Higher Education Opportunity Incentive Grant - April 20, 2023

H6189 Tuition Waiver Program for Children In Rhode Island Foster Care - April 20, 2023

H5987, An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government — Office of Health and Human Services - May 4, 2023

 

Early Learning testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H5085 Relating to Education – Establishing a Class Size Maximum for Kindergarten through Grade 2 - February 15, 2023

H5166 Office of the Special Education Ombud - April 19, 2023

H5339 Relating to Education – Education Services to Very Young Children - March 1, 2023

H5371 Relating to Labor – Removing Exemption from Minimum Wage Statute for People Who Work In/About Private Homes - March 29, 2023

H5429 Relating to Health and Safety – Licensing of Summer Camps - February 28, 2023

H5447, Temporary Caregivers Insurance - March 15, 2023

H5616 Relating to State Affairs and Government – Open Meetings - April 5, 2023

H5722 Relating to State Affairs and Government – Open Meetings - April 5, 2023

H5770 to approve and publish and submit to the electors a proposition of Amendment to the Constitution – Samed Day Voter Registration - March 14, 2023

H5781 Temporary Caregivers Insurance - March 1, 2023

H5810 The Rhode Island Family Home Visiting Act - May 4, 2023

H6044 An Act Relating to Insurance – Kids Connect program - March 8, 2023

H6148 An Act Relating to Taxation – Revenue for Rhode Island - May 9, 2023

H6253 Relating to Education – Certification of Teachers - April 19, 2023

H5983 Stay Invested in Wavemaker Fellowships – Early Intervention - April 20, 2023

H6378 The Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning - May 24, 2023

S63 Office of the Special Education Ombud - May 17, 2023

S122 Relating to State Affairs and Government – Open Meetings - April 4, 2023

S139 Temporary Caregivers Insurance - March 1, 2023

S232 An Act Relating to Taxation – Revenue for Rhode Island - February 28, 2023

S145 Relating to Labor and Labor Relations – Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act - March 1, 2023

S177 Relating to Education – Establishing a Class Size Maximum for Kindergarten through Grade 2 - March 8, 2023

S185 Relating to Human Services – Early Learning Hubs - April 26, 2023

S207 The Rhode Island Family Home Visiting Act - May 4, 2023

S377 Child Care for Child Care Educators (RI Works) - May 18, 2023

S424 Relating to Labor – Removing Exemption from Minimum Wage Statute for People Who Work In/About Private Homes - April 26, 2023

S463 Relating to Education – Rhode Island Prekindergarten Education Act - April 26, 2023

S482 Relating to State Affairs and Government – The Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning - April 26, 2023

S492 Rhode Island Early Educator Investment Act - April 26, 2023

S523 Stay Invested in Wavemaker Fellowships – Early Intervention - April 27, 2023

S534 Temporary Caregivers Insurance - June 6, 2023

S608 to approve and publish and submit to the electors a proposition of Amendment to the Constitution – Same Day Voter Registration - April 4, 2023

S699 Relating to Education – Education Services to Very Young Children - April 26, 2023

S790 An Act Relating to Insurance – Kids Connect program Senate - May 11, 2023

S815 Relating to State Affairs and Government – Open Meetings - April 4, 2023

S977 Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing Inspectors - May 24, 2023

S978 Rhode Island Prekindergarten Education Act – Enrollment at Progreso Latino - May 24, 2023

 

Economic Well-Being testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H5160- An Act Relating to Financial Institutions - Licensed Activities - Lenders and Loan Brokers - Check Cashing - March 20, 2023

H5622 Rhode Island Public Transit Authority - May 11, 2023

H5644 Rhode Island Works - May 3, 2023

5799 Public Assistance Act SNAP Benefit - May 3, 2023

S227 Rhode Island Works - May 18, 2023

S527 Relating to Public Finance – State Budget - May 11, 2023

 

Education testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H5010- School-Based Mental Health Reimbursement - February 15, 2023

H5099 The Rhode Island Hope Scholarship - April 20, 2023

H5396 Increase School Social Workers - April 26, 2023

H5520 Sub A Building Opportunities for Out of School Time - May 3, 2023

H5547 Council on Elementary and Secondary Education - March 15, 2023

H5628 Categorical Funding for School Security - April 26, 2023

H5638- LANGUAGE ACADEMIES ACT - April 25, 2023

H5772 Relating to Education -- Children With Disabilities - March 20, 2023

H5421- Recruitment and retention of diverse educators - March 1, 2023

H6007 Federal AID School Lunch and Breakfast Program - April 26, 2023

H5639 Healthy School Meals for All - May 2, 2023

H6053 Relating to The Paul W. Crowley Rhode Island Student Success Investment Initiative -
March 22, 2023

H5739 Curriculum - March 29, 2023

H5741 Relating to-Education Accountability Act - March 21, 2023

H5777-An Act Relating to Education-Support and Access to Bilingual Education Act - Committee
March 20, 2023

H6023 Multilingual Educators Investment Act - April 26, 2023

H6149 School Resource Officers - April 26, 2023

H6243 Appropriating Funds to Support Rhode Island College’s Hispanic-Serving Institution Status
 - May 2, 2023

S35 - Ability to vote - March 7, 2023

S64 - Mental health providers in schools - March 6, 2023

S67 - The Education Equity and Property Tax Relief Act - March 6, 2023

S68 - Healthy School Meals for All - May 10, 2023

S72-  Amendment to the Rhode Island Constitution-Right to An Adequate Education - March 8, 2023

S77 Regarding The Rhode Island Hope Scholarship - April 27, 2023

S178 An Act Relating to Education-Apprenticeships - April 18, 2023

S180 - Children with Disabilities - March 8, 2023

S183, An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government -- Department of Children, Youth and Families - March 8, 2023 

S229 Wavemaker Fellowship - April 27, 2023

S236 - Increase student success factor - March 6, 2023

S456 - Multilingual Learner funding - March 6, 2023

S484 Council on Elementary and Secondary Education - April 19, 2023

S258 Increase School Social Workers - May 9, 2023

S491 Language Academies Act - May 31, 2023

S549 An Act Relating to Education-Support and Access to Bilingual Education Act - May 9, 2023

S559- Multilingual Educators Investment Act - May 9, 2023

S780 Department of Children, Youth and Families' Higher Education Opportunity Incentive Grant - May 18, 2023

S861 Building Opportunities for Out-of-School Time - May 16, 2023

 

Health & Dental testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H5006 Equality in Abortion Coverage Act (EACA) - March 6, 2023

H5007 Lead Poisoning Prevention Act - April 25, 2023

H5318 Lead Poisoning Prevention Act - April 25, 2023

H5350 Limit Out-of-Pocket Co-pays for Specialty Drugs - March 21, 2023

H5426 Relating to Safeguarding ACA Consumer Protections - April 20, 2023

H5522 – Psychiatry Resource Network Funding Act - April 25, 2023

H5986 Continuous Coverage Birth through 5 - May 4, 2023

H6239, H6238, H6201 -- Lead Prevention and Equity in Housing - April 25, 2023

S23 Safeguard ACA Consumer Protections - March 23, 2023

S243 Children’s Catastrophic Illness Fund - May 4, 2023

S530 Psychiatry Resource Network Funding Act - May 4, 2023

S579 Behavioral Health Services Stabilization - March 23, 2023

 

Housing & Homelessness testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H5689 Immigration status of tenant - March 2, 2023

H5749 Community Opportunity to Purchase Act - March 7, 2023

H5760 Access to stable housing for formerly incarcerated individuals - March 2, 2023

H5946 Regarding Lead Hazard Mitigation - March 17, 2023

H6323 Residential Landlord and Tenant Act – Sealing of Residential Eviction Proceedings - May 23, 2023

S135 Access to stable house for formerly incarcerated - June 1, 2023

S316 Community Opportunity to Purchase Act - May 10, 2023

S390 Residential Landlord and Tenant Act -- Immigration Status - May 30, 2023

S912 Residential Landlord and Tenant Act – Sealing of Residential Eviction Proceedings - May 30, 2023

 

Juvenile Justice testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H5227 An Act Relating to Delinquent and Dependent Children – Proceedings in Family Court - March 16, 2023

H5359 Relating to Delinquent and Dependent Children – Proceedings in Family Court - March 16, 2023

H5686, An Act Relating to Criminal Procedure -- Sentence and Execution - parental status - April 4, 2023

S344 Relating to Delinquent and Dependent Children – Proceedings in Family Court - May 16, 2023

S376  An Act Relating to Criminals – Correctional Institutions – Parole - March 21, 2023

S404, An Act Relating to Delinquent and Dependent Children – Proceedings in Family Court - youth interrogation - March 30, 2023

S405, An Act Relating to Criminal Procedure -- Sentence and Execution - parental status - March 28, 2023

 

Safety testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H5300, An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses – Assault Weapons - April 17, 2023

H5434, An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses –Weapons - April 17, 2023

S321, An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses –Weapons - Safe Storage - April 25, 2023

S379, An Act Relating to Criminal Offenses – Assault Weapons - April 25, 2023

 

Other testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session.

H-5763 Equity Impact Statement Act - March 14, 2023

SR-152 – Adopting the Rules of the Senate for 2023-2024 - remote testimony - February 6, 2023

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