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6/19/2017 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Finance meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to consider and hear a variety of legislation
STATE HOUSE – The House Committee on Finance will be meeting twice this week to consider and hear testimony on several different pieces of legislation.

On Tuesday, June 20 at the RISE of the House in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will be considering legislation (2017-H 5280), sponsored by Rep. Michael A. Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket), that creates a veteran's preference in the issuance of state contracts.  The committee will also be considering legislation (2017-H 5977), sponsored by Rep. Cale P. Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester), that further delineates the ability of the town of Burrillville to tax electrical power generation facilities, regulated or otherwise and for private consumption on resale.

Testimony on the following pieces of legislation will also be heard:

·         2017-H 5089, sponsored by Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence), allows drivers' licenses and state-issued identification cards to contain medical information to assist medical personnel.

·         2017-H 5423, sponsored by Rep. Helder J. Cunha (D-Dist. 64, East Providence), provides an income tax credit of 25% of an elderly resident taxpayers primary residence water and sewer bills, not to exceed $250.

·         2017-H 5492, sponsored by Rep. Ramon A. Perez (D-Dist. 13, Providence, Johnston), amends the fine imposed for reinstatement of the license or registration of an owner of a motor vehicle following the revocation or suspension of the license or registration for failure to maintain financial security.

On Wednesday, June 21 at the RISE of the House in Room 35 of the State House, the Finance Committee will be hearing testimony on the following bills:

·         2017-H 5107, sponsored by Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket), commencing on January 1, 2018, to require that all developmental disabilities organizations that employ five employees or more and who are reimbursed for such services by the state, to pay their employees at least $15.00 per hour.

·         2017-H 5237, sponsored by Representative Diaz, creates the "Student Equal Economic Opportunity Act" which would identify those students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition at public universities, colleges or community colleges.

·         2017-H 5238, sponsored by Representative Morin, provides for increases in the amount of foundation level school support that a community would receive, based upon a community's ability to meet and surpass its minimum low and moderate income housing requirements.


For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401)222-6124