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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 2022 legislative session.

Budget Testimony

Child Welfare Testimony

Early Learning & Development Testimony

Early Learning testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2022 legislative session.

 

H7177 - Child Care is Essential Act - March 2, 2022

Economic Well-Being Testimony

Education Testimony

Education testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2022 legislative session.

Public Comment Re: Oversight of Providence Public Schools - February 28, 2022

H6666 - Access to High-Speed Internet - January 26, 2022

H6667 - Trauma Informed Schools Act - January 26, 2022

H7162 - Suspensions - February 2, 2022

H7163  - Health and Safety of Pupils - February 2, 2022

H7164 - Right to Read Act - February 2, 2022

H7167 - Compulsory Attendance - February 9, 2022

H7168 - COVID Recovery Plans - February 9, 2022

H7272- Asian American History and Culture - March 9, 2022

H7519 - Amendment to the Constitution -- Right to an Adequate Education - April 6, 2022

H7539 - Curriculum - April 11, 2022

H7607 - Seal of Biliteracy - March 30, 2022

H7636 - Rhode Island Hope Scholarship - May 4, 2022

H7736 - Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Disability Impact Statement Act - April 6, 2022

H7848 - Alternatives to Suspensions - April 11, 2022

H7974 - The College and Career Success for All Students Act - April 11, 2022

S2043 – Teacher Training and Evaluation - March 23, 2022

S2095 - Amendment to the Constitution -- Right to an Adequate Education - March 9, 2022

S2174 Regarding Multilingual Learner/English Learner Education Funding - March 24, 2022

S2190 - The Rhode Island Quality Enhancement in Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Act - March 24, 2022

S2281 - Compulsory Attendance Monitoring - March 9, 2022

S2280 - College Crusade Scholarship - April 6, 2022

S2290 - Rhode Island Hope Scholarship  -March 24, 2022

S2528 - Trauma Informed Schools Act - April 12, 2022

S2545 - Relating to State Affairs and DCYF - March 23, 2022

S2571 - The College and Career Success for All Students Act - April 6, 2022

S2573 - Office of the Special Education Ombud - March 23, 2022

S2578 - School Committee and Superintendents - March 23, 2022

S2591 - Rhode Island Promise Scholarship - March 24, 2022

S2910 - Asian American History and Culture - May 4, 2022

 

Health & Dental Testimony

Health & Dental testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2022 legislative session.

 

State of the Behavioral Health System of Care House Oversight Committee - May 4, 2022

H7183 - Insurance – Accident and Sickness Insurance Policies – Lifetime Limits - February 3, 2022

H7290 and Budget Article 12, Section 7 – Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage - March 3, 2022

H7484 and Budget Article 12, Section 7– Health Care for Children - March 3, 2022

H7500,H7560 - Safeguard ACA Consumer Protections - March 9, 2022

H7725 - Tobacco Control Enabling Legislation - April 12, 2022

H7801 - Infant and Early Childhood Mental Wellness - April 5, 2022

H7805 - Testimony Re: Sale of Tobacco Products in Pharmacies - March 29, 2022

H7871 - Ban Flavored Electronic Nicotine Delivery Service Devices - April 5, 2022

H8153- Lead Poisoning Prevention Act - My 5, 2022

S2075 – Children’s Catastrophic Illness Fund - March 31, 2022

S2187 - Cover All Kids - March 22, 2022

S2200 – Medical and Clinical Rate Review and Setting Process - April 26, 2022

S2202 - Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage - March 3, 2022

S2310 - Retail SNAP Incentive Program - March 29, 2022

S2467- Behavioral Health Crisis Services System - March 10, 2022

S2469 - Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics - April 12, 2022

S2608- Limit out of Pocket Co-pays for Specialty Drugs - March 29, 2022

S2765 - Lead Poisoning Prevention Act - April 12, 2022

S2896 - COVID-19 Premium Payment Program - May 3, 2022

 

 

Housing & Homelessness Testimony

Housing & Homelessness testimony submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2022 legislative session.

H7940 - Executive Office of Commerce House Housing and Municipal Government Committee  -March 31, 2022

Juvenile Justice Testimony

Safety Testimony

Other Testimony

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

 

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

S352 - Planning for IDEA Essential Services During Emergencies - April 14, 2021

S378 - Rhode Island Child Care is Essential Act - March 24, 2021

H-5672 Rhode Island Child Care is Essential Act - April 8, 2021

RI Child Care is Essential Act Fact Sheet 2021

Child Care and Development Fund Plan for Rhode Island (FFY 2022 – FFY2024) - June 21, 2021

HJR-6449 - Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care in Rhode Island - June 25, 2021

SJR-983 -Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care in Rhode Island - June 28, 2021

 

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

 

S4 - Telemedicine  - January 14, 2021

S5 - ACA Protections - January 14, 2021

S231– Health Care for Children and Pregnant Women - March 4, 2021

S234 - Newborn Screening - March 24, 2021

S324 - Healthy Beverage Option - March 24, 2021

S0327 – Sugary Drinks Tax - May 3, 2021

S386 - Children's Catastrophic Illness Fund - March 24, 2021

S430 - Twelve-month Continuous Postpartum Medicaid Coverage - March 24, 2021

S484 - Perinatal Doula Services - March 24, 2021

S576 – Health Care for Children & Pregnant Women - April 26, 2021

S591 - Coverage for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse - April 15, 2021

H5246 - Protection Against Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Exposure - February 23, 2021

H5371 - Healthy Beverages Act - March 1, 2021

H5714 - Health Care for Children and Pregnant Women - June 9, 2021

 

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

 

H5144 - Parole - March 3, 3021

S333 - Parole - May 10, 2021

 

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

 

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

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