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Goodwin bill that would make sexual abuse reporting law more effective passes Senate
Making sure kids are protected from sexual abuse is important, says Sen. Maryellen Goodwin, and legislation to make a law she sponsored to require school officials to report sexual abuse more effective has passed the Rhode Island Senate with a unanimous vote.

Rep. Craven’s revenge porn and sextortion legislation passes House
Rep. Robert E. Craven’s (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) legislation (2018-H 7452A) that criminalizes revenge porn and sextortion was passed by the House of Representatives tonight.  The legislation is a compromise between the General Assembly, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Governor Gina Raimondo after similar legislation was passed in 2016 but was vetoed by Governor Raimondo for First Amendment concerns.

House passes Maldonado legislation that would protect DACA Dreamers in Rhode Island
The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) that would continue to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors.

Rep. Craven’s bill banning ‘bump stocks’ on semi-automatic guns passes House
Rep. Robert E. Craven’s (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) legislation (2018-H 7075Aaa) banning “bump stocks” on semi-automatic firearms was passed by the House of Representatives tonight.  “Bump stocks” are attachments to semi-automatic weapons that allow the shooter to fire at a much more increased rate of fire, effectively modifying a semi-automatic gun into an automatic weapon.

‘Red Flag’ bill, to protect against individuals who pose a significant danger of harm, passes the House
The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed legislation (2018-H 7688Aaa) that would create a means for the courts to protect against individuals who pose a significant danger of causing imminent harm to themselves or others by possessing a firearm. The bill passed by a vote of 60-8.

Sandra Cano sworn into Rhode Island Senate
Sen. Sandra Cano was sworn into the Rhode Island Senate today at a ceremony in the Senate Lounge at the State House.  Senator Cano is the first Colombian-American to be elected to the Rhode Island Senate.

Senate marks Equal Pay Day by passing bills to address wage gaps
The Senate marked Equal Pay Day by passing two measures sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Sen. Maryellen Goodwin to help address pay gaps affecting women and members of minority groups.

Senate approves bill to ban tanning by minors
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin to prohibit those under 18 from using tanning facilities in Rhode Island.

Rep. McNamara, Sen. Felag announce Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant Act
Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) and Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Bristol, Tiverton, Warren) joined with representatives of AARP Rhode Island at a press conference Tuesday to announce the introduction of the Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant Act.

Tanzi files bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21
Saying the state must do more to address smoking as the serious threat to public health that it is, Rep. Teresa Tanzi introduced legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Rhode Island from 18 to 21.  
House OKs Bennett bill to allow students sunscreen in schools
Students in Rhode Island schools will not be denied the right to possess and apply sunscreen under legislation sponsored by Rep. David Bennett and unanimously approved by the House of Representatives today.

Senator DiPalma and Representative Marshall to introduce legislation to strengthen the Hospital Conversion Act
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) and Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) are expected to introduce legislation this week to strengthen Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversion Act (HCA) - the law governing hospital mergers and acquisitions in Rhode Island. Both lawmakers have expressed concern over the proposed acquisition of Care New England by Partners HealthCare and that the current HCA is not strong enough to support a proper review of entities proposing acquisitions from adjacent states.

Miller, Knight submit assault weapon ban
Legislation, supported by R.I. Coalition Against Gun Violence, also includes ban on high-capacity magazines
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Joshua Miller and Rep. Jason Knight are introducing legislation to ban assault weapons, like the one used in the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla, and other tragic mass shootings in the last several months and years. The bill also bans high-capacity magazines.

‘Red Flag’ bill would allow courts to disarm those who show warning signs of potential violence
With the support and co-sponsorship of House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Rep. Dennis M. Canario today filed legislation (2018-H 7688) that would create a means for courts to disarm people whose behavior is believed by authorities to pose a serious threat to others or themselves.

Rep. Amore to introduce bills addressing school resource officers and security upgrades
Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) will be introducing two pieces of legislation aimed at preventing violence in Rhode Island’s schools in the wake of the tragic events in Florida.