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House Finance Committee approves 2024 state budget bill
The House Finance Committee has approved a $14 billion budget for the 2024 fiscal year that commits funding toward addressing the housing crisis, supports business development and makes education funding more equitable while limiting the use of one-time revenue to one-time expenditures.

Senate approves ban on foam takeout containers, plastic stirrers
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller to ban restaurants from using polystyrene foam for food packaging or preparation, or from providing plastic stirrers to customers.

Senate approves Sen. Murray’s tangible tax exemption bill
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Melissa A. Murray to exempt the first $50,000 of tangible property from the tangible personal property tax to help businesses — especially small businesses — statewide.

Senate approves President Ruggerio’s bill to address lead pipes
The Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) to address lead pipes in Rhode Island’s water supply system.

House passes all 14 bills in Speaker Shekarchi’s package of housing legislation
Earlier this year, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi introduced a 14-bill package of legislation to address Rhode Island’s housing crisis. As of yesterday, all 14 bills have been passed by the House of Representatives.

The legislation builds upon housing packages that Speaker Shekarchi shepherded into law each of the last two years’ sessions by continuing his efforts to streamline housing development while increasing production.
Speaker Shekarchi introduces legislation to create life science hub
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi yesterday introduced legislation to create a life science hub in Rhode Island. The legislation (2023-H 6426) would create a new quasi-public corporate body and agency of the state for the express purpose of acting as the central entity and coordinating organization of life science initiatives on behalf of the state.  
Equality in Abortion Coverage Act enacted
Following a 24-12 vote in the Senate today that granted approval by the General Assembly, the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act has been signed into law. Sponsored by Sen. Bridget Valverde and House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian, the EACA will provide insurance coverage for abortion care to individuals on Medicaid as well as state employees.