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Current Rhode Island Legislation

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RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATION

This list was created from current legislation proposed during the Spring 2015 session. More legislation may be proposed, though it will be limited. To view any new legislative proposals, please go to http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/daily_introductions.aspx and view recent days to see what legislation has been proposed.  

 

TOPIC AREAS (click to jump)


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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION + PEDESTRIAN

HEALTH + SAFETY

EMPLOYMENT + UNEMPLOYMENT

EDUCATION

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION + PEDESTRIAN

House Bill No. 5349

BY  Blazejewski

ENITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - SIDEWALKS (Requires the DOT to complete snow removal on all sidewalks located on state highway overpasses, and on all pedestrian overhead walkways under the control of the state within (24) hours after the end of a snowstorm.)

{LC1086/1}

2/5/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

Senate Bill No. 195

BY  Goodwin, Ruggerio, Miller, Pichardo, Metts

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - SIDEWALKS (Requires the DOT to complete snow removal on all sidewalks located on state highway overpasses, and on all pedestrian overhead walkways under the control of the state within (24) hours after the end of a snowstorm.)

{LC1085/1}

2/5/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government

 

House Bill No. 5121

BY  Williams

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - ADJUDICATION OF TRAFFIC OFFENSES (Doubles the fine for a driver who pleads guilty or is found to be in violation of the motor vehicle law in school zones.)

{LC89/1}

1/15/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

 

House Bill No. 5013

BY  Lombardi

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Requires school committees to provide transportation for any student who resides two (2) or more miles from school.)

{LC51/1}

1/8/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

 

Senate Bill No. 85

(by request)

BY  Picard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Gives school committee discretion to utilize school bus monitors.)

{LC208/1}

1/22/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

 

HEALTH + SAFETY

 

House Bill No. 5225

BY  Tanzi, Ackerman, Handy, Lombardi, Maldonado

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN (Increases the minimum age to buy and sell tobacco products from eighteen (18) years to twenty-one (21) years.)

{LC396/1}

1/29/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

 

House Bill No. 5122

BY  Williams

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- IDENTIFICATION AND APPREHENSION OF CRIMINALS (Establishes a community notification system in which descriptive information of an individual convicted of certain offenses would be distributed in the community where the offense has occurred.)

{LC55/1}

1/15/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

 

Senate Bill No. 97

BY  Crowley, Jabour, Sosnowski, Metts, Pichardo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES-HOMELESS SHELTERS (Establishes and promulgate regulations for the safe, effective, and proper operation of homeless shelters for individuals and families in the state.)

{LC518/1}

1/22/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government

 

House Bill No. 5392

BY  McLaughlin, MacBeth, Messier

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHWAYS - SIDEWALKS (Requires DOT to clear state-owned sidewalks on overpasses, overhead walkways, and handicapped signal-equipped crosswalks.)

{LC1244/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

House Bill No. 5393

BY  McLaughlin, Amore, Marcello, Lombardi, Messier

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - FOUNDATION LEVEL SCHOOL SUPPORT (Eliminates the moratorium on new school building projects effective upon passage of the act or May 1, 2015, whichever were to occur first.)

{LC1092/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

Senate Bill No. 267

BY  Sosnowski, Lombardo, Crowley, Miller, Walaska

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- MOBILE TELEPHONE USE (Prohibits the use of a non-hands-free personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, except for public safety personnel or in an emergency situation, and provides for monetary fines for violations.)

{LC670/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

 

Senate Bill No. 269

BY  Metts, Pichardo, Jabour, Miller, Lombardi

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY - POLICE RELATIONSHIP ACT OF 2015 (Requires all police departments to submit annual reports to the office of highway safety regarding racial disparities in traffic stops.)

{LC811/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary



House Bill No. 5416

BY  Craven, O`Grady, Keable

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT (Broadens the immunity from prosecution under the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act and would eliminate the sunset provision.)

{LC1366/1}

2/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

 

EMPLOYMENT + UNEMPLOYMENT

House Bill No. 5226

BY  Shekarchi, Kennedy, Regunberg, Tanzi, Ruggiero

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - GET ON YOUR FEET LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM (Established "The Get On Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program" in Rhode Island, to assist recent college and university graduates in the repayment of their student loans.)

{LC826/1}

1/29/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

House Bill No. 5229

BY  Blazejewski, Tanzi, Tobon, Barros, Abney

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HUMAN RESOURCE INVESTMENT COUNCIL (Provides for a wage reimbursement incentive for employers participating in the non-trade apprenticeship program and permits the governors workforce board to establish rules and regulations for the program.)

{LC804/1}

1/29/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

Senate Bill No. 65

BY  Ruggerio, Goodwin, Fogarty, Miller, Pearson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HUMAN RESOURCE INVESTMENT COUNCIL (Provides for a wage reimbursement incentive for employers participating in the non-trade apprenticeship program and would permit the governor's workforce board to establish rules and regulations for the program.)

{LC261/1}

1/13/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

 

House Bill No. 5116

BY  Shekarchi, Ruggiero, Trillo, Ackerman, Marshall

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - RHODE ISLAND NEW QUALIFIED JOBS INCENTIVE ACT OF 2015 (Creates a financial incentive for business entities to create new jobs by offering a business tax reduction.)

{LC268/1}

1/15/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

House Bill No. 5074

BY  Bennett, McNamara, Lima, Hull, McLaughlin

ENTITLED, AN ACT AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGE (Provides an increase in the minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents ($10.10) per hour on January 1, 2016.)

{LC8/1}

1/14/2015 Introduced, referred to House Labor

 

Senate Bill No. 194

BY  Lynch, Pichardo, Miller, Goodwin, Ruggerio

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGES (Provides an increase in the minimum wage from nine dollars ($9.00) to ten dollars and ten cents ($10.10) per hour on January 1, 2016.)

{LC694/1}

2/5/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

 

House Bill No. 5364

BY  Regunberg, Bennett, O'Brien, McNamara, Diaz

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGE - GRATUITIES (Incrementally raises the two dollar eighty-nine cents ($2.89) per hour subminimum wage for tipped workers between the years 2016 and 2020.)

{LC752/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to House Labor

 

Senate Bill No. 272

BY  Raptakis, McCaffrey, Ciccone, Lombardi, Archambault

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGES (Increases the minimum hourly wage annually commencing on January 1, 2016 using the Consumer Price Index, but in no case by more than fifty cents ($.50).)

{LC988/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

EDUCATION

Senate Resolution No. 7

BY  Picard, Pearson

ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PUBLISH AND SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION -- RIGHT TO AN ADEQUATE EDUCATION (This amendment to the state constitution would provide the paramount duty of the general assembly, department of education and other governmental agencies to provide Rhode Island residents equal opportunities to receive adequate high levels of education.)

{LC218/1}

1/13/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

 

House Bill No. 5382

BY  McNamara, Solomon, Bennett, Azzinaro, Naughton

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION-UNHEALTHY FOOD AND BEVERAGE ADVERTISING (Prohibits on any school campus the advertising of any food or beverage that may not be sold on the campus during the school day.)

{LC997/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

 

House Bill No. 5383

BY  Lombardi, Williams, McKiernan, Abney, Costantino

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Directs school superintendents to review and respond to discipline data where there is an unequal impact on students based on race, ethnicity, or disability. No out of school suspensions unless student's conduct meets certain standards.)

{LC1208/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.



House Resolution No. 5386

BY  O'Brien, Marshall, Keable, Maldonado, McKiernan

ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND ASSESS THE NEED FOR TECHNOLOGY FUNDING TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR 21ST CENTURY CAREERS (Creates a nine member special legislative commission to study and assess the need for technology funding in schools.)

{LC645/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.



House Bill No. 5399

BY  Casey, Phillips, Amore, Blazejewski, Kazarian

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM (Includes Rhode Island Works Program participants who are full-time students in a post-secondary program for eligibility for child care assistance.)

{LC482/1}

2/11/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

House Bill No. 5436

BY  Tanzi, Fogarty, Carson, Marshall, Gallison

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT - SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA (Freezes the amount of education aid for local school agencies that are scheduled to receive less aid under the funding formula. The education aid would be frozen at the rate provided in fiscal year 2015 for a period of three (3) years.)

{LC398/1}

2/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance

 

House Bill No. 5438

BY  Amore, Maldonado, Abney, Blazejewski, Fogarty

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND (Creates a two (2) year grant for qualifying students to attend the Community College of Rhode Island.)

{LC1095/1}

2/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance



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