Rep. Coughlin bill that includes victims of terrorism under RI’s Crime Victim Compensation Fund passes House and becomes law
STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Coughlin Jr.’s legislation (2016-H 7538) that would make Rhode Island residents who are victims of a domestic terrorist attack outside of Rhode Island, but still within the United States, eligible to receive victim’s compensation payments from RI’s Crime Victim Compensation Fund passed the House of Representative tonight.
The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Gina M. Raimondo for her signature to become law.
“Domestic terrorism is now an ever-present danger to our citizens and their livelihoods and this new law will offer a modicum of relief should the worst happen to one of our Rhode Island residents,” said Representative Coughlin (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket). “The purpose of terrorism is to destroy lives, physically and psychologically. My hope is that this new law will afford unfortunate Rhode Island victims of these heinous acts the help they need to overcome the terror and piece back together their disrupted lives.”
Representative Coughlin worked with RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, who administers the fund, on the legislation in response to the case of Newport native, and Boston Marathon Bombing victim, Heather Abbott, after Abbott was denied victim’s compensation payments by then General Treasurer Gina Raimondo after the terrorist attack. It was determined that clarifying language was needed in order to include individuals who were victims of domestic terrorist attacks on United States soil. Currently, only victims of terrorist attacks on foreign soil are deemed eligible to receive the victim compensation payments.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903