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06/14/2019
House Finance Committee approves 2020 state budget bill
The House Finance Committee has approved a $9.97 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year that largely avoids new taxes while strengthening education, continuing the car-tax phase-out and maintaining municipal aid, while also closing a $200 million budget gap.


 
06/13/2019
Sen. DiPalma bill that protects families with parents that have disabilities passed by Senate
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2019-S 0702A) that precludes the disability of a parent from serving as a basis for denial or restriction in matters involving a child's welfare, foster care, family law, guardianship and adoption was passed by the Senate.


 
06/13/2019
Rep. O’Brien bill creating ‘Right to Read Act’ to combat youth dyslexia and illiteracy passes House
Rep. William W. O’Brien’s (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) legislation (2019-H 5887A) that would require certain licensed public school teachers to be proficient in scientific and structured literacy reading instruction passed the House of Representatives tonight.  The bill also requires all other licensed teachers to have a cursory knowledge of scientific and structured literacy reading instruction.


 
06/13/2019
House Finance Committee to consider budget bill tomorrow
The House Finance Committee is scheduled to consider the 2020 state budget bill (2019-H 5151 Friday, June 14, at approximately 7 p.m. in Room 35 in the basement of the State House.
 
06/13/2019
Senate passes Sen. Coyne’s bills on Alzheimer’s care, elder abuse
The Senate has approved four bills sponsored Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne to better support Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to protect against elder abuse.


 
06/12/2019
Media Advisory: Committee vote scheduled Thursday on Reproductive Privacy Act
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee has scheduled a meeting Thursday tomorrow for consideration of the Reproductive Privacy Act   
06/11/2019
Rep. Alzate resolution that creates commission to encourage more persons of color to enter education careers passes House
Rep. Karen Alzate’s (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) legislation (2019-H 5553A) that would create a 13 member special legislative commission to study and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter education fields passed the House of Representatives.



 
06/06/2019
Senate passes bills to address wage gaps
The Senate today passed two measures sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Sen. Maryellen Goodwin to help address pay gaps affecting women and members of minority groups.  
06/06/2019
Senate OKs Miller bill to explore ‘harm reduction center’ pilot
The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to explore the creation of a pilot program to create “harm reduction centers” to help prevent drug overdose deaths.


 
06/05/2019
Senate approves ban on 3-D printed guns and other untraceable firearms
The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne to ban 3-D printed firearms and other untraceable or undetectable firearms in Rhode Island.



 
06/05/2019
Senate votes to ban housing discrimination against voucher recipients
The Senate approved legislation to ban housing discrimination against tenants or prospective tenants who receive housing subsidies.