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2/11/2014 Media advisory: Committee vote scheduled on PAC reporting bill
STATE HOUSE – The House Judiciary Committee is slated today to consider a bill requiring political action committees and parties to report spending on local elections and town meetings when charter changes are proposed.

The hearing is scheduled today, Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the rise of the House session (around 4:30 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House. The bill is posted for a vote only. No further testimony will be taken at this hearing.

The legislation (2014-H 7054), proposed by Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth), requires any political party or political action committee that advocates any question considered at any financial town meeting or at any election at which amendments to a city or town charter are proposed to file a report with the Board of Canvassers of all the contributions it receives and expenditures it makes from any one source in excess of $100.
Among the other bills scheduled for hearings at the meeting tomorrow are:
  • 2014-H 7229 – Sponsored by Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket), this bill would allow unemployed people who are subject to driver’s license or registration non-renewal as a result of failure to pay taxes to obtain a conditional renewal while they are unemployed.
  • 2014-H 7261 -- This bill sponsored by Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) would double the fine for a driver who pleads guilty or is found to be in violation of the motor vehicle law in school zones.
  • 2014-H 7264 – Also sponsored by Representative Williams, this bill would require parents of youth applying for graduated driver’s licenses to take a free course on the content of the driver education curriculum.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 331A
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466