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4/17/2023 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Finance Committee meets three times this week to hear legislation, a budget article and an amendment
STATE HOUSE – The House Finance Committee will meet three times this week to hear testimony on a variety of legislation, as well as a FY 2024 budget article and a proposed budget amendment.

On Tuesday. April 18 at the RISE of the House (approximately 5 p.m.) in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear a variety of legislation, including the following bills:
  • 2023-H 5319, sponsored by House Minority Whip David J. Place (R-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester), establishes a compact agreement among at least two states to prohibit the use of subsidies to selectively retain industry or to entice company relocation from one state to another state, or to open a new facility.
  • 2023-H 5813, sponsored by Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), extends the time for an inspection of a new motor vehicle from two years to seven years.
  • 2023-H 5814, sponsored by Rep. Gregory J. Costantino (D-Dist. 44, Lincoln, Smithfield, Johnston), decreases the amount of the reinstatement fees for a motor vehicle registration or certificate of title which was revoked, denied or suspended and reduces the reinstatement fees for suspension or revocation of registration or certificate of title.
  • 2023-H 5989, sponsored by Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett), eliminates the “until June 30, 2023” sunset on the increase in the total amount of earnings a partial-unemployment insurance claimant can receive before being entirely disqualified for unemployment insurance benefits.
  • 2023-H 6110, sponsored by Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown), directs the budget officer to include in the annual state budget an explanation of how the budget furthers efforts to ensure equity in the state.
On Wednesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear a variety of legislation, including the following bills:
  • 2023-H 5095, sponsored by Rep. David Morales (D-Dist. 7, Providence), requires that the state's share to public libraries be fixed at 25 percent of the amount appropriated by the city or town in their budgets for fiscal year 2023, utilizing funds from the General Fund or the American Rescue Plan Act.
  • 2023-H 5524, sponsored by Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly), reduces the assessment against a Veterans Home resident's net income from 80 percent to 50 percent.
  • 2023-H 5800, sponsored by Representative McEntee, exempts up to a maximum of $250,000 of tangible personal property of businesses from taxation. Provides reimbursement to cities, towns, fire districts from state revenues, for the amount of lost taxes resulting from the exemption.
  • 2023-H 5976, sponsored by Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls), includes municipal detention facility corporations as exempt from taxation, and requires that an amount equal to 27 percent of all taxes that would have been collected if the property was taxable be paid to the municipality annually.
On Thursday, April 20 at the RISE of the House (approximately 5 p.m.) in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear testimony on Article 1, Section 16 of the FY 2024 budget proposal, as well as a Governor’s Budget Amendment relating to Rhode Island College Cybersecurity Center and the Hope Scholarship program.

Among the legislation being heard by the committee are the following bills:
  • 2023-H 5099, sponsored by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), establishes the Rhode Island Hope Scholarship pilot program to provide two-year scholarships to junior and seniors at Rhode Island College.
  • 2023-H 5320, sponsored by Minority Whip Place, provides a scholarship allowing a student in the care and custody of DCYF to attend RIC without the payment of tuition, room and board as long as they meet the eligibility requirements of the program and the admission criteria of Rhode Island College.
  • 2023-H 6189, sponsored by Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter), establishes the Tuition Waiver Program for Children in Rhode Island Foster Care program.
All three meetings will be televised live by Capitol Television, which can be seen by Cox Communications subscribers on channels 15 and 61 for high definition, on channel 15 by i3Broadband viewers, and channel 34 for Verizon subscribers. Livestreaming will be available at For information on how to submit testimony in House committees, click here.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 322
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466