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Three House bills introduced to protect public from those who possess guns illegally
Following through on plans announced on the opening day of session, House leaders and members have introduced legislation designed to protect the public from people who are not law-abiding citizens and who possess guns illegally.     

Bill will ban 3-D printed guns and other untraceable firearms
Legislation, approved by Senate last year, would outlaw guns like the one believed to have been used in Pawtucket New Year’s Day murder

As investigators grapple with what may be Rhode Island’s first murder committed with a 3-D printed gun, Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne has reintroduced legislation to outlaw such weapons. Rep. Patricia A. Serpa, who filed a similar bill last year to ban such weapons, is preparing to submit identical legislation in the House.

Mattiello, Ruggerio to file bill on compassion center expansion
Bill addresses separation of powers issues, clarifying regulators’ authority

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio plan to file legislation today to address separation of powers issues connected to compassion center licensing statutes and regulations.

General Assembly session to convene Tuesday in renovated chambers
The General Assembly opens its 2020 session Tuesday, Jan. 7. The House of Representatives and the Senate will convene in their respective chambers at 4 p.m. to begin the work of the new legislative year. Both legislative bodies will meet in chambers that have been renovated to bring them up to safety codes, improve sound and technology and restore paint colors and other details to the way they were originally designed when the building was constructed at the dawn of the 20th century.

Rep. Solomon prefiles legislation to cap copays for insulin
Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) has prefiled legislation that would cap the amount health insurance providers can charge for copays for insulin. The act would limit required co-payments for a 30-day supply of insulin to $100.

Rep. O’Brien to sponsor legislation targeting ‘porch pirates’
Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) is planning on sponsoring legislation during the upcoming General Assembly session that would seek to impose stiffer penalties on “porch pirates” and others who are convicted of stealing packages from homes.

Rep. Shelby Maldonado steps down from House
Rep. Shelby Maldonado of Central Falls resigned today, effective immediately, from the House District 56 seat she has held in the House of Representatives since January 2015.