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Sen. Lombardi to introduce bill to give family caregivers access to residents in nursing homes during pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to tragically separate nursing home residents from their families, one state senator, Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), plans to introduce legislation that would give family members access to their loved ones in nursing homes during emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaker Mattiello introduces bill to allow restaurants to sell takeout alcohol through the end of 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the restaurant industry, Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) has introduced  legislation that will allow restaurants to continue the practice of selling alcohol with takeout orders through the end of 2021.

Statement from Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Ruggerio, and Governor Raimondo on the FY21 Budget and Bond Initiatives
Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello, President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio, and Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released a joint statement on the FY21 budget and bond initiatives.  
Rhode Island Parentage Act signed into law
The Rhode Island Parentage Act sponsored by Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata has been signed into law , repealing archaic and inequitable state law regarding parentage and replacing it with a uniform act that provides procedures establishing parentage, genetic testing, surrogacy agreements and assisted reproduction.  
House passes resolution creating a study commission on nursing home staffing and requirements
The House of Representatives passed a resolution (2020-H 8106), sponsored by House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi, creating a special legislative commission to study and provide recommendations on the status and requirements for Rhode Island’s nursing homes. 

General Assembly approves bill requiring notification of police in gun buyer’s hometown
The General Assembly has approved legislation to require gun dealers to notify the police in a gun buyer’s hometown in addition to the police department of the town where the gun was purchased.       
Voters will be asked to remove ‘Plantations’ from state name
Rhode Island voters will be asked in November whether to remove “and Providence Plantations” from the state’s official name, under legislation approved by the General Assembly today.

Assembly OKs ‘Fair Chance Licensing,’ act headed to governor
Bill aimed at opening career paths for those released from prison

The General Assembly approved legislation to prevent Rhode Islanders from being denied an occupational license because of an unrelated criminal conviction. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

Rep. Shanley and Sen. Lynch Prata’s emergency mail ballot legislation passes the General Assembly
Rep. Evan P. Shanley and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata’s legislation (2020-H 8102A / 2020-S 2598A) which amends the state’s emergency mail ballot procedures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic was passed by the General Assembly.

Supplemental budget signed into law
The governor has signed into law a 2020 supplemental budget bill, passed by legislators last week, that uses a combination of new federal funding, the state’s rainy day fund and unspent funds throughout state agencies to address a budget gap of about $250 million in the current fiscal year caused largely by revenue losses linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ghost guns ban signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa to prohibit the manufacturing, transfer, purchase or possessing of any plastic, fiberglass or 3-D printed gun, as well as “ghost guns,” untraceable guns and undetectable guns was signed into law today by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.

Senate votes to permanently enact telemedicine insurance requirement
The Senate has approved legislation to permanently require health insurers to comprehensively cover telemedicine visits.