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Three bills to address opioids signed into law
Three measures passed by the General Assembly to help address the opioid epidemic have been signed into law. The bills will limit first-time opioid prescriptions, place warning signs in pharmacies about the dangers of opioids and remove a potential barrier to possession of life-saving anti-opioid prescriptions. 

New law aims to prevent service animal misrepresentation
Legislation passed by the General Assembly to prevent the misrepresentation of pets as service animals has been signed into law.

Historic preservation project begins in House, Senate chambers
Work began this week on a project to restore and update the House and Senate chambers in the State House.

2020 state budget bill signed into law
The governor has signed into law the state budget bill approved by the General Assembly. The $9.97 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year largely avoids new taxes while strengthening education, continuing the car-tax phase-out and maintaining municipal aid, and closes a $200 million budget gap.

Rep. Marszalkowski’s bill that prohibits adults in positions of authority from having sexual relationships with minors under their supervision passes House
Rep. Alex D. Marszalkowski’s (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland) legislation (2019-H 5817A) that defines any sexual contact by an individual with a position of authority over a person between the ages of 14 and under the age of 18 as third degree sexual assault passed the House of Representatives.

Rep. McEntee and Sen. Nesselbush’s bill to extend civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse signed into law
Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush’s (Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) legislation (2019-H 5171B / 2019-S 0315Aaa) that amends the state’s civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse was signed into law by the governor.

Legislation to protect the rights of customers to pay with cash signed into law
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation introduced by Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) and Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that protects the rights of customers to pay for things in cash.

Sen. Felag’s bill that raises amount of beer directly sold by breweries to customers passes General Assembly
Sen. Walter S. Felag’s (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) legislation (2019-S 0620) that would increase the amount of beer sold directly to customers by breweries was passed by the General Assembly.

General Assembly passes bills on Alzheimer’s care, elder abuse
The General Assembly has approved four bills to better support Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to protect against elder abuse.

Governor, Speaker, Senate President Announce Agreement for Continued Partnership with IGT
Deal includes $150m in new investment, increase in RI-based jobs

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo  announced an agreement in principle with IGT for a continued partnership with the Rhode Island Lottery. 
Lawmakers OK bill creating teams to prevent violence at schools
Panels would ensure warning signs aren’t missed
The General Assembly approved legislation sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Hanna M. Gallo to increase school safety by creating threat assessment teams in schools to serve as the “boots on the ground” in identifying potentially threatening behavior by those in the school community.

Rep. McEntee’s bill to extend civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse passes the General Assembly
Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee’s (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) legislation (2019-H 5171B) that amends the state’s civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse was psigned into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo.

Sen. Raptakis and Rep. Serpa’s bill that caps interest rates charged by Coventry for sewer project passes General Assembly
Legislation (2019-S 0201A / 2019-H 5798A) sponsored by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa that caps the interest rates charged by the town of Coventry to ratepayers for the town’s sewer project was passed by the General Assembly.

Rep. Amore bill that excludes chronic intractable pain from medication prescribing guidelines passed by House
Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2019-H 5434A) that would exclude chronic intractable pain from the definition of “acute pain management” for the purposes of prescribing opioid medication was passed by the House of Representatives.

Sen. DiPalma’s bill that creates a commission to examine the state’s electric and natural gas infrastructure passes Senate
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2019-S 0194A) that creates a Senate special legislative commission to study and evaluate the state’s electric and natural gas distribution and transmission infrastructure to ensure its reliance and resiliency was passed by the Senate.

Sen. Lawson’s bill that creates the ‘Senior Savings Protection Act’ passes Senate
Sen. Valarie J. Lawson’s (D-Dist. 14, East Providence) legislation (2019-S 0433A) that establishes the “Senior Savings Protection Act” was passed by the Senate.

Rep. Williams’ bill codifying privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by Roe v. Wade passes General Assembly; signed into law
Rep. Anastasia P. Williams’ (D-Dist. 9, Providence) legislation (2019-H 5125B) that codifies in state law the privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in the case Roe v. Wade and its progeny was passed by the full General Assembly tonight and signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo.