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3/3/2014 Media Advisory: Privacy, technology subject of hearings tomorrow
STATE HOUSE – The House Judiciary Committee will hear a number of bills related to technology, privacy, criminal record expungement and other matters this week.

Among the bills the committee will hear Tuesday, March 4, at the rise of the House session (around 4:30 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House are:
  • 2014-H 7170 – This bill sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) would regulate the use of unmanned vehicles, also called “drones.”
  • 2014-H 7189 – Sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Edith H. Ajello (D-Dist. 1, Providence), this bill would require, with some exceptions, that a search warrants be issued before the search of information contained in portable electronic devices.
  • 2014-H 7190 – Also sponsored by Chairwoman Ajello, this bill would prohibit the collection of information relating to the location of certain electronic devices.
  • 2014-H 7258 – This bill sponsored by House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) would restrict the installation, concealment or placement of an electronic tracking device in or on an automobile.
  • 2014-H 7124 – Sponsored by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly), this bill would establish a social media privacy law for students and employees.
  • 2014-H 7382 – This bill sponsored by Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr. and requested by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, would prohibit people from electronically disseminating visual images of another person engaged in sexually explicit conduct or the intimate parts of another, without that person’s consent and where the person had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
  • 2014-H 7018 – Sponsored by Rep. John J. Lombardi (D-Dist. 8, Providence) would address the retroactive of the deferred sentence expungement process.
  • 2014-H 7380 – This bill sponsored by Rep. Joseph S. Almeida (D-Dist. 12, Providence) would allow for the potential expungement of up to six misdemeanors, with exceptions, after 10 years from the date of the completion of a person’s last sentence.
  • 2014-H 7307 – Sponsored by Representative Lombardi, this bill would clarify that certain provisions regarding the expungement of records upon the successful completion of a deferred sentence are to be applied both retroactively and prospectively.
On Wednesday, March 5, at the rise of the House session in the House Lounge on the second floor of the State House, the committee will hold hearings on bills including:
  • 2014-H 7100 – Sponsored by Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence), this bill would require that those serving time for first- or second-degree murder serve more time before becoming eligible for parole.
  • 2014-H 7101 – This bill sponsored by Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) would require those serving time for first- or second-degree murder, but not sentenced to life, must serve at least half their sentence prior to being eligible for parole.
  • 2014-H 7103 – Sponsored by Representative Hull, this bill would require murders to register, similarly to sex offenders.

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